A vacant house belonging to the South African Police Service (Saps) in Kempton Park on the East Rand has become a crime den, residents in the area have alleged.
One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said the home had not been occupied for some time, which had resulted in it becoming a “hideout” for criminals, Kempton Express reported.
“The house is a wreck. The windows are broken and it is very dirty. This is now the home of homeless people and drug addicts. About a month ago a bakkie was stolen behind Nimrod Hardware and Baker’s Centre on Monument Road and the suspects fled to this house where the police caught them,” the resident said.
“The police were looking for suspects in connection with other cases here as well. They promised they would do something about this drug hole but weeks later more and more people are staying there,” said the resident.
Kempton Park police spokesperson Captain Jethro Mtshali said the house belonged to the Saps and is managed by the Tembisa cluster supply chain management.
The purpose of the home was to house police officers but with the three-year allocation process, several members were issued with notices to vacate the premises. The house has not been occupied since.
“This office is currently in the process of negotiating with the Department of Public Works for the possible renovation of the house in question. For a reason unknown and beyond this office, the said property has not been occupied for some time,” Mtshali explained.
“Due to the escalating crime alleged to have been committed there, management of the station has assigned visible policing members to constantly patrol the area in an effort to curb crime.”
Mtshali said several arrests have been made.
“We appeal to the community to have patience with us as the matter is beyond this office, however, we will negotiate the matter and request for the process to be expedited,” Mtshali concluded.
– Caxton News Service