SASELAMANI – The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe today visited Mhinga Traditional Council in the Saselamani policing area to listen to the concerns emanating from the community regarding policing services rendered by the local police station.

Accompanying the Provincial Commissioner were the Provincial Chairperson of CPF Mr Frans Kgasago, Provincial Heads of Operational Response Service Brigadier Sam Tinyani, Visible Policing Brigadier Mosima Maila, Corporate Communication Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo and the Acting District Commissioner of Vhembe District Brigadier Eddie van der Walt.

The area recently experienced a lot of violent protests following the murder of a young man. The community complained that the police were reluctant to arrest the suspect even if he was known. Subsequent to this violence, arrests were made on charges of public violence. The murder suspect was ultimately arrested and charged but was later released on bail. The major concerns included his release whereas those arrested for public violence were denied bail.

During a separate greeting session earlier, Hosi Mhinga indicated that they are offering the SAPS two sites to erect a police station as the current Saselamani police station is inadequate in terms of its structure.

The meeting, attended by SAPS Management, Mhinga Traditional Council led by Hosi Mhinga, community structures such as the CPFs, Maphophe Community Task Team, the MMC from the local municipality, Clr Chauke and other concerned community members, was held in the Lapa. It commenced with the feedback by Brigadier Van der Walt on a preparatory meeting that was held on 06 May 2021 followed by a report by a representative of the Maphophe Community Task Team

Brigadier Mahloromela explained the issue of bail and that each case is treated according to its merits. The Provincial CPF Chairperson stressed that the CPFs were established in terms of the law and that they have a responsibility to help solve community problems. He urged community members to work with police.

Hosi Mhinga also stated that a comprehensive report will be made available to the police Management regarding all cases which were, according to them, not properly investigated.

General Hadebe responded that the meeting will forge the necessary relations in terms of working together and that issues that fall beyond the Provincial competence will be escalated to National Head Office. She further told the meeting that she was briefed that the Investigating Officer attended court and opposed bail but the accused was in the end realised by the court. General Hadebe concluded by indicating that a Team will be established to make follow ups and report back by next week.

The meeting concluded with a resolution that the SAPS will further engage with the Prosecution and report back.

Source: South African Police Service

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