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Mixed reaction over Masiphumelele mobile police station

Some have welcomed the move, saying they think officers’ proximity will help reduce crime in the interim.

FILE. The community near Fish Hoek has been rocked by violent protests and several vigilante attacks in recent weeks. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Masiphumelele residents have expressed mixed views following the opening of a satellite police station in the area.

The community near Fish Hoek has been rocked by violent protests and several vigilante attacks in recent weeks.

Locals have attributed the increase in crime and violence to a lack of visible policing.

There's been mixed reaction from residents to the launch of a mobile police station in the area.

Some have welcomed the move, saying they think officers' proximity will help reduce crimes in the interim.

Others feel it's too little, too late. They argue a permanent and fully operational station is required to adequately address ongoing lawlessness.

WATCH: Masiphumelele residents clash with police

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu says plans are underway for such a station to be built near the Masiphumelele taxi rank, but cautions it will take several years to be completed.