The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has condemned a robbery incident at a police station in the Northern Cape at the weekend.
According to reports rifles, pistols and rounds of ammunition are some of the valuables that were stolen from the Tsineng police station when three men broke into it.
The suspects reportedly pointed a gun at a female police officer who was alone when the incident happened.
Northern Cape police station robbed of firearms & ammunition
3 men held up a constable at the Tsineng police station in the Northern Cape on Saturday night. 2 of them jumped over the service counter & pointed a gun at her. They made off with R5 rifles, pistols & ammunition. pic.twitter.com/rC361g2VJ0
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The union says similar incidents have recently taken place in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.
Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo says police stations in rural areas are under resourced.
“Different police stations report on a regular basis that these are the challenges we’re facing and yet those reports do not amount to any form of action from the regional offices. So it’s got a lot to do with the fact that there are uneven allocation of resources within the SAPS.”
“Police stations within rural areas are under-resourced whereas those in affluent areas are well-resourced. They have got surveillance cameras as well, sometimes they have security guards,” adds Mamabolo.