42% OF EC POLICE STATIONS DON’T ANSWER PHONES

There needs to be an urgent investigation into the effectiveness of the SAPS in the Eastern Cape to answer telephones. According to a study done by the Democratic Alliance 53 police stations in the Eastern Cape did not answer their phones at the time of being called. (See below) A further 27 numbers that are listed on the police website appeared not to work. This means there are potentially problems at 42%, or 80 of the 191 police stations in the province.

This is an alarming indictment of police efficiency. The rot must stop and discipline must be restored. Action must be taken.

A safe and secure environment is one of the pre-conditions for economic growth. This kind of inefficiency contributes to joblessness in the Eastern Cape.

Yesterday I tabled a parliamentary question to determine whether the SAPS conducts similar studies and if not, we want to know why. The SAPS also needs to rectify the incorrectly listed numbers.

Provincially the SAPS must pull up its socks by increasing police responsiveness when it comes to telephone calls. People only phone police stations when they are in urgent need of assistance. One hates to imagine how many calls are going unanswered from victims of crime in this province.

The DA will continue to monitor this situation to ensure police efficiency is improved in the province. I have also written to the MEC for Safety and Liaison, Helen Sauls-August, requesting her department as part of their oversight role to monitor the answering of telephones.

Not Answered

1. Algoapark (041-3947205) NA (12.03pm 4.5.2012

2. Bavianskloof (Phone: 049-8391033) NA (11.39am 21.5.2012)

3. Bell (Phone: 040-6770255) NA (11.45am 21.05.2012)

4. Bityi (Phone: 047-5389901) NA (11.54am 21.05.2012)

5. Buffalo Flats (Phone: 043-7095506) NA (12.15pm 21.05.2012)

6. Butterworth (Phone: 047-4013455) NA (12.20pm 21.05.2012)

7. Cathcart (Phone: 045-8436005) NA (12.27pm 21.05.2012)

8. Centani (Phone: 047-4981054) NA (12.28pm 21.05.2012)

9. Chalumna (Phone: 043-7811639) NA (12.30pm 21.05.2012)

10. Chungwa (Phone: 040-6562325) NA (12.34pm 21.05.2012)

11. Dalasile (Phone: 047–5486200/1) Both NA (12.53pm 21.05.2012)

12. Despatch (Phone: 041-9333291) NA (1.05pm 21.05.2012)

13. Dimbaza (Phone: 040-6564300) NA (1.08pm 21.05.2012)

14. Doringkloof (Phone: 046-6840859) NA (1.12pm 21.05.2012)

15. Duncan Village (Phone: 043-7224765) NA (1.17pm 21.05.2012)

16. East London (Phone: 043-7225555) NA (1.21pm 21.05.2012)

17. Flagstaff (Phone: 039-2520211) NA (2.13pm 21.05.2012)

18. Fort Brown (Phone: 046-6227777) NA (2.17pm 21.05.2012)

19. Glen Grey (Phone: 047-8788798) NA (2.29pm 21.05.2012)

20. Grahamstown (Phone: 046-6039100) NA (2.35pm 21.05.2012)

21. Hankey (Phone: 041-2848201) NA (2.46pm 21.05.2012)

22. Healdtown (Phone: 040-6459050) NA (2.55pm 21.05.2012)

23. Hogsback (Phone: 045-9621030) NA (3.07pm 21.05.2012)

24. Humansdorp (Phone: 042-2004700) NA (3.13pm 21.05.2012)

25. Humewood (Phone: 041-5045057) NA (3.13pm 21.05.2012)

26. Indwe (Phone: 045-9521183) NA (3.18pm 21.05.2012)

27. Inyibiba (Phone: 043-7084600/1) Both NA (3.21pm 21.05.2012)

28. Kabega Park (Phone: 041-3601702) NA (3.32pm 21.05.2012)

29. Kamesh (Phone: 042-9888722) NA (3.35pm 21.05.2012)

30. Kareedouw (Phone: 042-2887400) NA (3.39pm 21.05.2012)

31. Keiskammahoek (Phone: 040-6580205) NA (3.44pm 21.05.2012)

32. Kolomane (Phone: 040-6358002) NA (4.08pm 21.05.2012)

33. Kwaaiman (Phone: 047-5759205) NA (4.14pm 21.05.2012)

34. Mount Fletcher (Phone: 039-2570003) NA (5.48pm 21.05.2012)

35. Mount Frere (Phone: 039-2551419) NA (5.48pm 21.05.2012)

36. Moyeni (Phone: 040-6761066) NA (5.50pm 21.05.2012)

37. Msobomvu (Phone: 047-4920301) NA (5.53pm 21.05.2012)

38. Mthatha (Phone: 047-5312221) NA (5.53pm 21.05.2012)

39. New Brighton (Phone: 041-3947302) NA (6.00pm 21.05.2012)

40. Ngqeleni (Phone: 047-5680329) NA (6.02pm 21.05.2012)

41. Queenstown (Phone: 045-8081888) NA (6.36pm 21.05.2012)

42. Qumbu (Phone: 047-5530003) NA (6.37pm 21.05.2012)

43. St Francis Bay (Phone: 042-2001818) NA (7.02pm 21.05.2012)

44. Steve Vukile Tshwete (Phone: 040-6360012) NA (7.42pm 21.05.2012)

45. Storms River (Phone: 042-2811678) NA (7.44pm 21.05.2012)

46. Sulenkama (Phone: 047-5570465) NA (7.45pm 21.05.2012)

47. Swartkops (Phone: 041-4088333) NA (7.47pm 21.05.2012)

48. Thembalethu (Phone: 044-8028900) NA (7.52pm 21.05.2012)

49. Thornhill (Phone: 040-8450010) NA (7.53pm 21.05.2012)

50. Tina Falls (Phone: 047-5530041/53) Both NA (7.54pm 21.05.2012)

51. Tylden (Phone: 045-8397111) NA (8.03pm 21.05.2012)

52. Whittlesea (Phone: 040-8421753) NA (8.37pm 21.05.2012)

53. Willowvale (Phone: 047-4996215) NA (8.38pm 21.05.2012)

Numbers not working

1. Addo (042-2330314) Does not exist (11.43am 4.5.2012)

2. Aliwal North (051-6331482) Wrong number (12.08pm 4.5.2012)

3. Barkly East (045-9710099) Does not exist (11.36am 21.5.2012)

4. Beacon Bay (043-7486071/0) Both do not exist (11.41am 21.5.2012)

5. Bedford (Phone: 046-6850264) Does not exist (11.42am 21.05.2012)

6. Bisho Airport (Phone: 040-2551015) Broken (11.52am 21.05.2012)

7. Gelvandale (Phone: 041-4527070) Does not exist (. 21.05.2012)

8. Ilinge (Phone: 047-8729008) Fax (3.16pm 21.05.2012)

9. Kwanobuhle (Phone: 041-9786100) Call failed (4.17pm 21.05.2012)

10. Kwazakele (Phone: 041-4019101) Does not exist (4.17pm 21.05.2012)

11. Lady Frere (Phone: 047-8768008) Does not exist (4.18pm 21.05.2012)

12. Lukholweni (Phone: 039-2573012) Fax (4.33pm 21.05.2012)

13. Lusikisiki (Phone: 039-2531333) Does not exist (4.34pm 21.05.2012)

14. Maluti (Phone: 039-2560108) Wrong number (4.44pm 21.05.2012)

15. Madadeni (034-3146600/02) (1) Does not exist (2) NA (4.36pm 21.05.2012)

16. Middelburg (EC) (Phone: 049-8421958) Wrong number (4.59pm 21.05.2012)

17. Mooiplaas (Phone: 043-8511441) Does not exist (5.43pm 21.05.2012)

18. Mpisi (Phone: 039-2517003) Does not exist (5.50pm 21.05.2012)

19. Mzamba (Phone: 039-3656080) Does not exist (5.56pm 21.05.2012)

20. Ndevana (Phone: 040-6470078) Does not exist (5.58pm 21.05.2012)

21. Rhodes (Phone: 045-9749000) Fax (6.40pm 21.05.2012)

22. Thornhill Ciskei (Phone: 042-2860745) Does not exist (7.53pm 21.05.2012)

23. Uitenhage (Phone: 041-9963606) Does not exist (8.04pm 21.05.2012)

24. Uniondale (Phone: 044-7521003) Does not exist (8.07pm 21.05.2012)

25. Vulindlela (Phone: 043-7622111) Does not exist (8.39pm 21.05.2012)

26. Walmer (Phone: 041-5811949) Does not exist (8.30pm 21.05.2012)

27. Willowmore (Phone: 044-9238131) Fax (8.38pm 21.05.2012)