LEPHALALE — “Nobody is held accountable and it is a management problem. Do not shift the blame, the police in Lephalale are struggling with a discipline problem. Face the facts and deal with it” Thys Eloff, chairperson of Lephalale community policing forum (CPF) said during the CPF meeting last Thursday. The issue on the table was numerous complaints from community members regarding the reaction time when the police are called out to a crime scene, the bad telephone skills, unprofessional behaviour on crime or accident scenes to mention a few.
Eloff furthermore said that results count and there are a few positive results.
Eloff said that there is a lack of prioritisation and it is unacceptable that someone who reported crime has to wait eight hours for the police to arrive. He also said that it is only good manners to let someone know if you know you are going to be late.
Col Daniel Ramakgoakgoa, Lephalale police station commander said that the community members are supposed to call the police station first, then the station commander and lastly the CPF chairperson. Eloff remarked that the community will not phone the police station, because they know out of experience that the police do not answer the phone and if they do answer, they are not helpful.
Col. Ramakgoakgoa can be contacted at 082 414 2724 in the event of any problems regarding police services.