Western Cape police stations owe around R1.7 million for water and electricity.

This was revealed in a written parliamentary reply.

In total, police stations across the country are in arrears to the tune of R24.4 million.

The standing committee on Community Safety in the provincial legislature says it wants to establish whether this affects operations at the stations.

It says its aware that the Kuilsriver station’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit had to be closed.

It’s alleged that the sanitation services lapsed due to non-payment of municipal bills.

Committee chair, Reagen Allen, says they want to find out why police stations don’t pay.

“Within any working environment it is critical to maintain consistency in the level supply of resources and the provision of maintenance services to remain operational. It is even more vital within the lead police agency in our country because it exists to service the public and promote a safe, law-abiding environment”.