By Staff Reporter
Tzaneen- The Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow Minister of Police, Zakhele Mbhele MP, DA Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Annette Steyn MP, the DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard MP, and DA Political Head for Waterberg South Constituency Lindy Wilson MP, will today, on the 01st of August 2018 conduct an oversight inspection at the Tzaneen and Letsitele Police Stations.
“The rural communities of Tzaneen and Letsitele have become the easy targets of crime due to their remote locations and the general lack of adequate policing.
“The increased reports of farm attacks in Tzaneen have been particularly prevalent, and have left farmers and farmworkers living in fear.
In the 2016/17 financial year, robbery and burglary at non-residential premises increased by 26.1% and 31.8%, respectively. Worse though, a reply to a Parliamentary question has revealed that the Tzaneen Police Station has a shortage of 20 patrol vehicles.
“Half an hour drive from Tzaneen is Letsitele, where recently, there has been a spate of stock theft on game farms, which has allegedly been linked to a syndicate.
“Tzaneen and Letsitele form part of the Tzaneen Cluster, which has been identified as one of the 40 priority clusters in which the implementation of the Rural Safety Strategy must be fast-tracked.
However, the levels of crime, violence and the lack of police resources is indicative of the fact that the strategy is not being properly implemented”, claimed DA.