Mitchells plain welcomes police

A police station has been opened in the gang riddled Mitchells Plain.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa speaks during a government media briefing on 14 Sepetember 2012. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Mitchells Plain residents say they are grateful that a police station has been constructed in their area, as they did not always have the time or money to travel far distances when they wanted to report a crime.

Yesterday Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa officially opened a police station in Lentegeur.

A small group of Lentegeur residents as well as local neighbourhood watch were present and cheered when Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and provincial government officials opened the first police station in the area.

A resident said they'd been waiting for a station to be built in the area for many years.

"There's a lot of crime in Lentegeur, and you need police to patrol the streets and to protect the community."

Mthethwa also appealed to residents to help police rid their community of drug dealers and gangsterism.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has welcomed the opening of the new police station adding that it is their mission to make police service easily accessible in all communities.

There are currently 150 police stations in the province. One resident expressed her relief at the the new station.

"For me the new police station near us is a pleasure. There are much more police around and it's much better for the people here."