Just find another police station - we are being evicted:
Erasmia Police Evicted from their Police Station over non-payment of rental by government:
Sept 28 2011 - ERASMIA. The SAPF is being evicted from the Erasmia Police Station building.
A disagreement over new rentals with its legal owner has resulted in the police being evicted from the Erasmia Police Station building.
The owner of the buildings that housed the police station for more than 10 years secured an eviction notice after the lease expired last month.
Although the notice ordered the police to move out at the end of the month, police evacuated the building only yesterday.
journalist: Abram Mashego, The New Age: Sept 28 2011 - A disagreement over new rentals has resulted in the police being evicted from the Erasmia Police Station building.
The owner of the buildings - a man identified only as Mr Van der Merwe -- that housed the police station for more than 10 years secured an eviction notice after the lease expired last month.
Although the notice ordered the police to move out at the end of the month, police evacuated the building only on Tuesday.
Office furniture, computers, dockets and crime exhibits were moved by a removals company, 3G Relocations, from the property situated at the corner of Erasmia’s Willem Erasmus and Main Street.
Erasmia community policing chair Joe Suliman said disagreements over the lease were exacerbated by the fact that the owner did not meet BEE requirements.
He did not elaborate: were there too many blacks or too many whites at the police station staff?
Gauteng provincial spokesperson Brig Neville Malila on Tuesday admitted that the police had been evicted from the police station.
“Lease agreements are entered into between the Department of Public Works and the owners.
“SAPS therefore was not part of the arrangements.“Enquiries in this regard must therefore be directed to Public Works,” Malila said. “In the next few days we will indicate to the community where we are going to,” Malila said.
The Department of Public Works failed to respond to queries from The New Age about the eviction.
Residents were left high and dry as telephone calls to the station went unanswered.
Those who tried to report crimes were simply told to find another police station.
The owner of the building, identified only as Van der Merwe, could not be reached for comment.