There was pomp and ceremony at the inaugural launch of the much-anticipated Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Metro Police, at the Vuyisile Mini Square with newly appointed officers ready to hit the ground running.
An elated Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan told guests that: “We have been waiting for this day to see our men and women in blue. The Metro Police must make a contribution to make our Metro a safe environment together with the South African Police Services.
“The integrity of the badge is of outmost importance. You are called to restore trust in our communities as part of ongoing efforts to build safer communities. The badge represents honour, service, protection and integrity of the Metro Police.
“This launch is not just another ordinary event of the Metro. It symbolizes our determination to ensure that when Council takes decisions, they must be implemented without delay. It symbolizes our unwavering determination to contribute to the fight against crime. It symbolizes our intention to strengthen traffic law enforcement. It symbolizes our commitment to promote and strengthen by law enforcement,” said Mayor Jordaan.
Unfazed by pockets of disgruntled SAMWU workers who had a skirmish with law enforcement officers, the Executive Mayor confirmed that “the establishment of the Metro Police will not disadvantage any of our staff members or threaten their job security in any way. Instead, it will create opportunities for further training, employment and career growth.”
Speaking at a press conference after the much-vaunted launch Acting City Manager Vuyo Zitumane told journalists that a two-day workshop and more than twelve sessions took place to consult with staff and their union representatives.
“We have an approved structure and graded positions with the implementation process that will be done in a phased approach. Offices have been identified and are being renovated in KwaNobuhle and Helenvale. Up to date 78 officials accepted appointments,” Zitumane said.
Dr Jordaan was hailed for his leadership as the Nelson Mandela Bay Council approved the establishment of the Metro Police in 2009 followed by the publication of this decision in the government gazette in 2011 and yet no other administration could get boots on the ground.
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