The population of Standerton (in the Lekwa Local Municipality) has increased from just over 10 000 in 2011 to 74 021 in 2022. Majority of residents in Standerton reside in the formalised-informal settlements such as Shivovo, TLC, Extension One and Rooikoppen. Hence, the current police station and its staff-members are too small to deal with the growing population and criminal activities in the area. When residents are in need of police intervention when faced by criminal acts, it takes longer for police to arrive at the scene to assist.
Some of the challenges that contribute to the inability of the police to assist residents are:
- The distance the police need to travel from where the police station is;
- Insufficient officials, when police officers are attending to another query there may not be enough members to cover the other areas;
- As well as the shortages of police-vehicles.
The current staff establishment at the police station was meant to service the population as per the 2011 statistics. When the population grows, we believe SAPS staff compliment should too.
We, the residents of Sakhile Township, therefore calls on government to allocate and build a second police station in our community. We are of a firm belief that a second police station will make the work of the police more efficient and also curb crime that is currently affecting the lives of residents.