Tebogo Msimanga |
Police Minister General Bheki Cele and his Deputy Cassel Mathale engaged residents of Langa, in the Western Cape, during a Ministerial Imbizo on Saturday.
Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa and Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mcebisi Skwatcha also formed part of the Imbizo hosted at the Langa Indoor Sports Centre.
The Imbizo saw residents touch on matters relating to policing and the overall criminal justice system. Some raised their frustrations around the service they receive from the local police station.
Police Ministry Spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said some of the allegations included police turning away victims of gender based violence at community service centers and police not using available resources to service the community.
“The residents appealed to the Minister of Police to intervene. In his response to the calls by the community, Minister Cele called for urgent intervention from the provincial office.”
Themba added that Minister Cele also pressed SAPS management to act against officers in Langa and all other parts of the country, who continue to provide sub standard services to victims of gender based violence and domestic violence. “He’s encouraged residents and the local community policing structures to enhance partnerships with the SAPS to stamp out criminality.” Concluded Themaba.