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sapsSowetanLive reports that police minister Bheki Cele last week told the community of KaMhlushwa, in Mpumamanga, to call him directly if they were not being serviced by police.  

Cele gave his cellphone numbers to community members after the opening of the KaMhlushwa police station, 27km southeast of Malalane.  He called on the community to work with the police to fight crime, but also vowed to fire police management if they failed the people.  Cele said his ministry was no longer interested in building bigger police stations far from the people.  "We better have small police stations closer to the community, where people can just walk to.  We cannot have people paying money to get to the police station," he stated.  National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole indicated:  "The statistics say one officer is responsible for 220 people, but here in the countryside we have a ratio of one policeman per 383 people, which we need to curb.  From this year we will be taking 5,000 new officers each year to beef up the force."  The new KaMhlushwa police station has 38 officers and eight detectives.  It is the first of the 12 new police stations that the minister said he was planning to open this year.

  • Read Mandla Khoza’s report in this regard in full at SowetanLive

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