LEPHALALE — Lt. M. W. Malesela has been the new Visible Commander at the Lephalale police station since November 2015. He started at a bad time, so to speak, as usually December is the month for crime. But not this December – he says crime was not so bad except for property crime and common assault.
On being asked about alleged bad attitudes amongst some of the junior police officers, he responded that the police’s duty is to help the community. There are no excuses for them not offering the best service to the community – not shift changes or language barriers can be used as an excuse.
He urges the community to please take note of the officer’s name in cases where good service is not delivered. If a police car is involved – all police cars have a number printed down the side of the car – just write it down along with the time of the incident.
“We are definitely not encouraging bad attitudes or bad service”
According to Malesela their biggest challenge in Lephalale is liquor related crimes. Lephalale’s infrastructure is also difficult for the police in trying to catch robbers for example. He mentioned Gompou Street in Onverwacht and Church Street in town as examples of this. There is no way that a police vehicle can access the back side of the houses in Gompou Street. And suspects simply flee into the bushes.
Lt Malesela’s task is to ensure that crime is dealt with. He manages the administration of crime, the CPF in co-operation with SAPS, sector policing and to see that the sub sectors are active.