The residents of Olievenhoutbosch in Tshwane can now breathe a sigh of relief after the Gauteng government committed itself to swiftly resolve policing and crime issues in the area.
This comes after concerned residents raised their grievances during the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Ntirhisano Outreach Programme, held to address community’s concerns, after President Cyril Ramaphosa and Premier David Makhura visited the area over the weekend.
MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, said that the department, together with the South African Police Services (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner, Deliwe De Lange would prioritise police visibility in the area to end the high crime rate in the area, especially murder and shootings.
“Formerly regarded as a satellite station, the Olievenhoutbosch Police Station is now converted into fully-fledged station with a station commander and a Brigadier to manage day-to-day operations,” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.
According to the evidence from the department and the SAPS, the Olievenhoutbosch Police Station has 26 vehicles deployed to it. However, residents complained that police visibility in the area was limited, claiming that only three police vehicles are mostly seen and not the 26 that has been deployed to the station.
MEC Nkosi-Malobane also reassured residents of the number of police vehicles deployed in the area and promised that she would immediately investigate the claims and come back to show the vehicles as well instigate a disciplinary hearing against corrupt officials.
“You should not hesitate to report any form of crime to the office of the provincial commissioner. Report police officials who are corrupt as well so that we can make an example that we do not want to be protected by criminals disguised as men and women in blue,” MEC Nkosi-Malobane emphasised.
In addition, Premier Makhura told residents that Gauteng government has received their complaints of houses being occupied by people who are not the rightful beneficiaries.
“We are going to deal with this problem immediately and we are involving the SAPS’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks to investigate and deal with the matter so that houses can be handed to the rightful beneficiaries.
Premier Makhura also reassured residents that they were part of President Ramaphosa’s ‘New Dawn, where government would be on the ground to attend to issues with top priority.