The Verena Police Station in the Thembisile Hani Local Municipality in Mpumalanga needs to have its management improved, according to Vusi Shongwe, the MEC for Community Safety, Security, and Liaison.
” The Mpumalanga SAPS management should think about promoting the local station to colonel.” Over the years, Verena’s population has increased significantly. The station will be better equipped thanks to the upgrade to combat the rising crime rate.
On November 11, he called during a public participation program in Verena.
However, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, the provincial police commissioner, clarified that the frequency of cases the station receives has a significant impact on an upgrade. She urged locals to report crimes as soon as they occur in her response because doing so might increase their demand for an upgraded station.
Shongwe urged communities to collaborate with SAPS, community policing forums, and other complementary organizations already in place to combat crime.
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” We’re also pleading with SAPS management to give Verena priority and develop tailored programs to address all the concerns the community has brought up.”
Amicable robberies, domestic violence, and tuck shops that sell expired goods and endanger the health of the locals are a few of their concerns. Foreign nationals own some of these stores. Residents also voiced concerns about the station’s already opened cases ‘ delays or lack of feedback.
Drug use and illegal firearms are on the rise in Verena, according to the Department of Community Safety, Security, and Liaison.
In order to resolve ongoing theft cases, Shongwe advised farmers to properly brand their livestock and collaborate with established associations.
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Prior to the public participation program, Shongwe gave 106-year-old Gogo Lina Skhosana a wheelchair, bed, and groceries in addition to donating the Siyathembeka Drop-in Center’s refrigerator, microwave, or stationery.