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R23m to be forked out for police station generators

181 police stations that have been battling during blackouts will get back up power generators.

The police flag outside a police station. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - It will cost the Department of Public Works more than R23 million to install back up power generators at 181 police stations that have been battling during blackouts.

The South African Police Services requested the generators in May last year, but since then only a handful have been provided.

Public Works officials briefed the Police Portfolio Committee on their progress on Wednesday.

The department's Samuel Thobakgale said all of the work is expected to be completed by June next year.

"And we've to order some of the generators from overseas given the capacity that we need. So the installation itself of the generators, building them into a police station, takes six months."

But Portfolio Committee Chairperson Francois Beukman said the process is taking too long.

"If there's no generation, if there's no power, that means your ability to fight crime is severely curtailed. And it also affects the ability the police to access the police station. So we'll keep an eye on that."