Hillcrest police station in a crisis

Hillcrest police station in a crisis

For some time now the Hillcrest SAPS station has been in a crisis, and it is getting worse.

The residents of Hillcrest have lost complete faith and confidence in the Hillcrest SAPS station, so much so that many residents that live in the area policed by the Hillcrest SAPS station prefer to go down to the Kloof Sub-Station to open a case or file a complaint.

Some of the recent issues include a member of a neighbourhood watch been physically beaten up at the station by a police officer while other police officers looked on and did nothing and a reluctance to open cases to name a few, response time to an armed robbery 2 kms away was more than 30 minutes and on the way they passed the robbers who went on to commit another armed robbery a few minutes later, apparently only one usable vehicle.

“There appears to be an ‘I don’t care attitude’ by the officers and a reluctance to open cases, I experienced this first hand. After an attempt by a taxi driver to deliberately run me off the road I immediately went to Hillcrest SAPS to open a case, there was an immediate reluctance from the officers at the desk to open the case, when I pressed them they said they would go to the taxi rank and find who was driving the taxi, they assured me they would call me later that same day to open a case. I waited a full week and then emailed the station commander, a few days later I got a call to come in and open a case, which I did. Then more than a week later a Const Ndlovu contacted me and wanted to know why I waited so long to open a case. To cut a long story short they now tell me the driver has disappeared and they cannot find him. This happens daily and the taxpayers are sick and tired of it, there must be an intervention at the station and any change must start at the top.

I get constant complaints from the informal settlement that there is an abuse of power by members of the Hillcrest SAPS station”, said Councillor Rick Crouch, the ward councillor for the area.

Media Contact:
Councillor Rick Crouch
eThekwini Municipality – Ward 10
Finance & Procurement Committee Member
Office: 031.764.1178 | Mobile: 073.418.6996 | Web: www.ward10.co.za

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South Africa Today – South Africa News