Mangaung residents in Bloemfontein want the government to quickly track the deployment of subway police. The Mangaung Municipality became subway in 2011.
Residents and taxi operators believe that subway police will help fight crime in the CBD.
Despite the appointment of a subway police chief last year, Mangaung has not yet established a subway police force, and residents want answers. He says the subway police will help bring lawsuits to their CBD.
"I think it will be much better for me to have the police officers in the CBD to help with crime and trafficking," says one of the residents.
The announcement that the subway police will be making news headlines. It is estimated that the city will cost R30 million angry opposition parties.
However, Metro rejected these claims. Officials say the establishment of the Metro Police is under way.
"When we came, we found the metro issue on the table, but we must follow legislation and a budget, but the MEC is busy with it," says Metro Executive Mayor Olly Mlamleli
Meanwhile, the Free State government says it is studying whether it is viable for the municipality to have subway police officers.
"It is very important to understand that this process is at the earliest stages of consultation with relevant stakeholders. At present, the request is addressed to the national commissioner and in time the minister will make a statement," says the Police Department spokesman, Roads and Transportation Hillary Mophethe.
Metro says it plans to recruit 600 underground police officers. They are said to be trained and employed in installments.
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