EDITORIAL | How can cops work without power, water, cars?
It is unacceptable that top brass are not providing necessary support and resources for police to carry out their duties
No electricity at night, dry taps and unreliable transport. These are challenging conditions in any workspace. But if you are a police officer responsible for keeping a community safe, it seems unthinkable to be performing your duties under such difficult circumstances.
A resident in Ga-Rankuwa near Pretoria told the Sunday Times: “Police officers come out of the security room and say they can’t help you now, there is no electricity. So what happens if you were attacked that night?” And that is the question. In our crime-ridden country, where the number of murders shot up by more than 22% between January and March compared to last year, an attack at night is one our citizens’ worst fears.
Police spokesperson Col Athlenda Mathe promised the SA Police Service was working “around the clock” to resolve the issue and plans for a permanent solution were at “an advanced stage”. The term “around the clock” seems to be pretty relative, considering the Ga-Rankuwa police station has not had electricity for the past eight months. There seems to be little haste in fixing a massive problem which has led to the police building being locked up at night, leaving the area defenceless. Ga-Rankuwa is one of many police stations where officers are working under dire conditions. At Nsuze in KwaZulu-Natal, only two of its eight vehicles are operational. In Phoenix, taps have been dry for the past two months. ..