'Police living quarters a slum’

members of the South African Police Service. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

Members of Parliament have compared police living quarters to slums.

On Tuesday, Parliament's portfolio committee on police was briefed on the state of police lease agreements countrywide.

Police management was heavily criticised for not having an asset register or a proper paper trail.

Police management told the committee there have been some lock outs and evictions of personnel from leased facilities, because of non payment by public works.

Despite promising to reduce the number of lease agreements two years ago, that number has risen to over 1,300.

At the same time accommodation for police is in a shocking state.

The DA's Diane Kohler-Barnard said many have just one toilet for hundreds of people, while renovations have left many others out in the cold.

“They don’t want to be thrown into the streets. They should be given alternative accommodation whilst their premises are being upgraded.”

Police management said the Pretoria Central Barracks are being renovated and would take about nine months.

(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)