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R35.9m set aside for Metro Police infrastructure revamp
​The Municipality is serious about fighting crime and grime
and has set aside R35,9 million to ensure that Metro Police
are well equipped to do their work. Mayor, Councillor
Zandile Gumede, MEC for Transport, Community Safety
& Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda and City Manager Sipho Nzuza
at the state of readiness parade by Metro Police to keep
visitors and locals safe in the City.
THE efforts of Metro Police to ensure a safe and crime free City will be strengthened by a series of planned upgrades to Metro Police infrastructure which includes the building of a new police station in Verulam as well as a new Metro Police Horse Unit. These revamps will ensure Metro Police continues to provide effective service delivery by enforcing City by-laws and other crime prevention measures.

The planned upgrades were outlined in a report tabled at the last Full Council meeting at the end of April. The tabled report outlined various upgrades to be undertaken to Metro Police infrastructure which will assist to ensure that they continue to provide a valuable service to all residents. Among the work to be undertaken includes repair work on buildings, the installation of new air conditioners, building of new horse stables, since the horses will move from the New Market Stables as well as building a new police station in Verulam. Cameras will also be installed and monitored to mitigate the risk of loss in the uniform stores and the armoury. This will go a long way to prevent the missing of firearms and uniforms.

Some of the buildings which will be revamped include the Metro Police headquarters situated at 16 Archie Gumede Place, the Training Academy at Lahee Park in Pinetown, the KwaMashu Police Station, Verulam Police Station, Khuzimpi Shezi Police Station in uMlazi, a new Metro Police Horse Unit and Queensburgh stores. The report stated that 20 percent of the R35.9 million budgeted for capital programmes in the 2019/20 financial year will be made available during the 2018/19 financial year. This amounts to R7.2 million with the balance used to complete the projects during 2019.

The report states that this will assist the Metro Police to start the process of addressing challenges caused by infrastructure that have become old and outdated. New infrastructure will also be built to house the City’s Horse Unit which is a vital component of the Metro Police force and will ensure the horses are well cared for. Metro Police is one of the units which contributes to making eThekwini
Municipality one of the most liveable cities through the promotion of the safety of its citizens by enforcing the various eThekwini by-laws, traffic regulation and crime prevention.

Deputy Head of Metro Police Winnie Nzama said these renovations are marked as a matter of urgency to ensure a conducive working environment for officers so that they are able to deliver the best quality of service to eThekwini residents. “Metro Police are the interface between the Municipality and the public. We receive a lot of visitors to our sites who come for different queries. It is therefore critical that our buildings are up to standard,” she said.

The upgrades have been welcomed by eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede who said: “This will have a direct impact on the level of services delivered to communities. It is important for us to ensure that the personnel tasked with ensuring the safety of residents is able to work in a conducive environment that will contribute to increased productivity and boost staff morale,” said Mayor Gumede.
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