In a move to battle high rate of crime in Marapong Township in Lephalale, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has opened a Satelite cop shop in the area.
Of incredible concern is trio crime incorporating abusive behavior at home predominant in the rambling township.
Satellite Police Station was on Friday officially opened by Deputy Provincial Commissioner General Jan Scheepers.
In participation were the acting Mayor of Lephalale Local Municipality William Motlokoa, Ga-Seleka and Shongoane tribal authorities, the Community Police Forums, business and farming communities, community development structures and members of the community from Marapong and the surrounding areas.
Motlokoa and other stakeholders gave messages of support where the emphasis was on the encouragement to the local communities to take a full responsibility of protecting this Satellite.
Major General Scheepers reminded members of the community that this satellite police station will strengthen service delivery to its best.
“This is another milestone initiative to expand the police resources next to the people to ensure police continue to combat and prevent all the crime categories particularly, the trio crimes and the domestic related violence which are still prevalent in the area.
This satellite will to speed up the fight against crime especially on the respond time when duty calls,” said Scheepers.
Scheepers reiterated the earnest call to all members of the community that this Satellite Police Station is their property and they must not damage it regardless of the concerns against any office saying Partnership Policing must be everybody’s responsibility and it must work for the sake of safety and security in our areas with the sole aim of destroying the criminal cages throughout the province.
He dedicated special thanks to the Exxaro Coal Mine management for providing a handful remedy by building another satellite following hooliganism incident that occurred in September 2015 where the same community of Marapong burned down the police satellite.
The Satellite will operate for 24 hours and it is mainly to serve Marapong residents and other four surrounding extensions within the area including the adjacent farming communities.