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'GP has too little police stations'

GP Police Commissioner says there are not enough police stations to protect all residents.

Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros on Tuesday said there were not enough police stations to protect all the residents in the country's largest province.

Speaking at a crime report presentation to the province's community safety committee, Petros said while statistics showed crime went down by 5.9% percent in the last financial year, people must feel safe.

Petros said having only 135 police stations for Gauteng's 12 million people was a major problem.

He believes more, smaller police stations are needed to serve residents better.

"Instead of one big station in Tembisa, you need five stations in Tembisa, built in strategic positions."

Petros also admitted that Gauteng remained the country's crime hotspot regarding rape cases.

He said research showed that rape victims were mostly assaulted by people they knew, but said serial rape cases were prevalent in Gauteng.

Petros agrees that many rapes go unreported, but said police cannot compel people to step forward.