07 May 2013
The deterioration of Beacon Bay police station
in the Eastern Cape is a cause of major concern to the IFP.
IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu
MP, said, "People who report cases in this police station would
be sceptical that the police will be able to do their work
properly under such conditions. To the ordinary citizen, the
state of the station is a statement that government does not
care for their issues because it is not looking after the needs
of their own employees."
Some of the problems encountered at this
police station include rape kits that are kept in the kitchen
and dockets that are kept in unlocked rooms, near open windows;
and even arrested suspects are kept in unlocked cells.
"Police are getting enough budget to tackle
such issues of infrastructure, yet for whatever reason, this is
not done. The provincial Commissioner must take responsibility
for the state of affairs at the station, especially if funds are
being misappropriated. If the police do not have a proper
working environment corruption will be rife, because no one will
take responsibility for any missing dockets or escaped awaiting
trial prisoners; this situation needs immediate rectification,"
Issued by: IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr
Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675