A commitment to build a new police station within eight months, the deployment of an Anti-Gang Task Team including 42 community patrollers were received with warm applause by community members living in Port Elizabeth Northern areas today.
Minister of Police, Mr Bheki Cele made this commitment to the community today, seven days after his initial visit to this gangsterism troubled neighbourhood of Port Elizabeth Northern areas that include Gelvandale, Helenvale, Booysen Park and Bethelsdorp.
“I would like to come about April – June to open such a station. The police station we requested is a park home. That is a commitment we make, it is no longer a promise, it is a commitment,” emphasized the Minister.
“We were here seven days ago and promised to come with extra resources. When we left we committed to work and bring stability. The Special Task Force and National Intervention Unit including Public Order Policing, if need be, we will include them,” said Minister Cele.
He passed condolences to those killed through crime and gangsterism. He also visited family of victims to get a first person account of what is going on. He said crime does not go alone but include infrastructure like recreation and playing grounds. “SAPS will do something and other departments will catch with us walking,” concluded Minister Cele.
Adding his voice on the objectives of the day, National Commissioner, General Sitole said the aim was, “To
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