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R100m for Muizenberg cop station shows SAPS serves white communities, says SJC

10 April 2017 2:34 PM
The Social Justice Coalition has spoken out against the prioritisation of Muizenberg police station over other crime-ridden areas.

The civil group Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has added its voice to the opposition against the R100 million that had been set aside for the upgrade and extension of the Muizenberg police station.

Last week, Muizenberg Ward Councillor Aimee Kuhl said the the amount allocated for the massive refurbishment was not warranted.

Read: R100 million to be spent on a Muizenberg police station is not justifed'

The SJC's Chumile Sali says that areas burdened by violent crime and inadequate police resources are being undermined by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in favour of white communities.

He explains that the SJC wants police resources to be re-allocated to communities that need them most urgently and compared the budget for the station upgrades to the Nkandla spending debacle.

It doesn't make sense to build a R100 million police station in a white, safer community whilst there is a need for police stations in areas like Vrygrond, Masiphumelele, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Kraaifontein and many other communities.

Chumile Sali, Head of Safety and Justice Programme at SJC

There are more police resources deployed to areas where there is no need. This situation confirms our suspicions that SAPS continue only serve white communities.

Chumile Sali, Head of Safety and Justice Programme at SJC

This comes amid contention over promises to build additional police stations in Makhaza in Khayelitsha and South African murder capital, Nyanga.

The SJC plans to stage a protest on Tuesday from 11am outside the SAPS provincial offices in Greenpoint.

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10 April 2017 2:34 PM