'Nyanga police station needs major overhaul'

Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says plans are underway to rotate staff at the police station.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape SAPS's top brass have admitted there are leadership challenges at the Nyanga Police Station.

Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer reported back to Members of Parliament of the Police Portfolio Committee after an oversight visit was paid to the station two weeks ago.

The township has the highest murder rate in the country.

F or the 2012/2013 financial year, over 200 cases were recorded.

Lamoer says he's aware of the problems at the station.

"What we are busy doing is to really start circulating these people to other stations."

At the same time, Nyanga residents have accused some local police officers of not being committed to fighting crime in the area.

The lack of detectives and resources has also been highlighted as major challenges.

Community Policing Forum's chairperson, Martin Makhazi says the problem could be that most officers aren't committed.

"I don't want to say they don't deserve to be in Nyanga but I think the problem is they are not committed. They are not affected by what's happening in Nyanga because to them it's an 8am to 4pm job."

Last month, the CPF highlighted some of the major reasons for the continued crime wave in the area.

The township has retained the title of "murder capital of South Africa" for two years.

Nyanga Police Station's acting commander Lana Poolman said in the past financial year, more than 10,000 crimes have been reported in the township.

There are currently 285 officers working in the area.