Deputy police minister Maggie Sotyu said six mobile cop shops will be opened in the Western Cape at the end of this financial year. She was speaking at the opening of a mobile cop shop with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko at Khayelitsha on Friday afternoon.
The area has a high crime rate and the residents were happy the mobile cop shop had arrived.
They said that its presence will help to fight crime in the area.
The event was attended by more than 1 000 people. Khayelitsha Development Forum chairman Ndithini Tyhilo said residents will finally have access to services which have not been available to them for a long time.
One of the residents, Ayanda Sibeko (39), said: “We have been asking for a police station for so many years.
“We thank the government for delivering it at last.”
Nhleko said the community needs to work together with the police for them to do their job effectively. During a question and answer session, a resident asked if the police didn’t work with criminals.
“Sometimes you tip the police off about a robbery or crime and they tell the suspect that so and so told them,” said Ntsikelelo Magagula (35).
Sotyu responded by saying that the residents must name and shame such police officers. “The residents have to report it right away and appropriate measures will be taken.”