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Calm in Walmer after residents protest closure of SAPS contact point

The point has been closed and policing resources removed for several months now because the building they'd been operating from was in a poor condition.

About 500 residents in the Walmer area took to the streets demonstrating over the closure of a South African Police Services station contact point. Picture: Twitter/@Noma_Dambuza

CAPE TOWN - Calm has been restored to a section of Walmer in Port Elizabeth where protests broke out earlier on Tuesday.

About 500 residents in the Walmer location took to the streets demonstrating over the closure of a South African Police Services station contact point.

The point has been closed and policing resources removed for several months now because the building they'd been operating from was in a poor condition.

The police's Priscilla Naidu explains: “We have now negotiated with the councillor and they have offered us an alternate room where we would continue with our duties. So as from tonight, we will be posting two members at the contact section at the councillor’s office where the community can come and report any incident that requires attention.”