MARAPONG — The Satellite Police Station in Marapong was officially opened on Friday 9 November. The SAPS Cluster Commander of Polokwane, Major General Mashilo, addressed the attendees at the opening of the station.
He pointed out the purpose of the Satellite Station, namely that it is nearby the residents of Marapong and therefore easing the process for them to report matters.
“Service delivery is a priority to the SAPS and it must not be vandalised at all,” he said.
During his key note address, Major General Jan Scheepers reminded members of the community that the Satellite Police Station was built on the basis of strengthening the fight against crime and it should be everybody’s responsibility to protect it and to support the police officials who will be operating from there.
“This is another milestone initiative to expand the police resources to the people, ensuring that the police continue to combat and prevent all the crime categories, particularly the TRIO crimes and domestic related violence which are still prevalent in the area. This Satellite Station is situated here to accelerate the fight against crime, especially the response time when duty calls,” he said.
He further outlined that crime prevention is a collective effort that needs both the police and the community to work in unison.
Members of the community were encouraged to maintain a strong partnership with the police by joining the crime prevention forums within their areas.
Major Genl Scheepers has 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 type of concerns against any office. Partnership Policing must be everybody’s responsibility and it must be working for the sake of safety and security in local areas with the sole aim of destroying the criminal cages throughout the province.
He dedicated special thanks to the Exxaro Management for providing a remedy to the Marapong community by donating this Satellite Police Station following the vandalism incident that occurred in September 2015 where the same community of Marapong burnt down the initial structure.
“I want to call upon the civil society, the private sectors, churches and other relevant organizations to add more energy in taking part on Policing initiatives to effectively squeeze crime to zero throughout the province,” Major Genl Scheepers concluded.
The acting Mayor of Lephalale Local Municipality, Mr 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 the Satellite Station.
The Satellite Station will operate for 24 hours a day, mainly to serve Marapong residents and four surrounding extensions within the area, including the adjacent farming communities.