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New police station for Glebelands officially opened
​(Right) Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and eThekwini Deputy
Mayor Fawzia Peer with (left) high-ranking police officers
unveiled a plaque during the official opening of the Glebelands
Satellite Police Station in the uMlazi Community Residential Unit. 

POLICE Minister Fikile Mbalula has declared that government will put an end to violent killings at the
Glebelands Community Residential Unit (CRU) in uMlazi following the official opening of a satellite police station on 1 December within the CRU premises.

Residents of the Community Residential Unit were urged to work with the police to ensure the restoration of peace, safety and security. Minister Mbalula also urged police officers to conduct themselves in a professional manner on and off duty. “We have brought the service closer to the Glebelands community so that residents work hand in hand with the police to root out criminals living in the CRU. Equally, the police station must function properly through the dedication and commitment of police members to restore peace and stability in the CRU,” he said.

Since 2014 to-date, there have been over 90 killings in the CRU. To curb fatalities and to ensure safety and security, eThekwini Municipality has installed Closed-Circuit Television cameras, fence, street lights and high-mast lighting between the CRU blocks. The satellite police station began operations on 1 November. Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said safety and security in the CRU is a Municipal priority. She said police services had been brought closer to the community for their convenience. “As a City, we cannot stand back and watch our residents fall prey to criminals.

Therefore, the Municipality, working with all spheres of government, will ensure that residents feel safe and protected at all times,” Councillor Peer said. The official opening of the satellite police station comes after Minister Mbalula’s visit to the CRU in September 2017 where he instructed police to deploy a fully-fledged team with immediate effect to eradicate violence and protect residents. During this visit, Minister Mbalula, accompanied by Mayor Zandile Gumede and Councillor Peer, inspected security measures that have been implemented and interacted with residents. The new police station will strictly investigate criminal cases emanating from the CRU.

silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za

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