The new face of the refurbished South African Police Service Museum (Saps Museum) was unveiled yesterday by SA Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko in Muizenberg.
Minister Nhleko was joined by his deputy, Maggie Sotyu, and acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane during the reopening.
The Muizenberg Saps Museum was first opened to the public in 1990 but as a result of some structural damage which posed serious risk, it had to be closed down a few years ago.
After going through a total reconstruction process, the Saps Museum has now been reopened to the general public without posing any risk to visitors.
The new Saps Museum is situated same place where the old Muizenberg Police Station and a section of a court building was located a few years ago.
It offers an adventurous insight into some past criminal cases and the holding cells used by the police. There are displays of notorious criminal cases and an old charge office for the visitors to see.
Deputy Police Minister Sotyu says the museum is aimed at promoting learning in the community especially among the youths and hopes that the goal is reached.
The Saps Museum remains the only one of its kind in the Western Cape and does not charge a dime for entrance into the building.
Minister Nhleko seemed excited at the new development saying the finished project is a clear reflection of the transformation Saps has undergone and also an obvious bounce back from the damage caused during the apartheid years.
The minister and his entire entourage will complete the rest of the day at a community outreach program in Lavender Hill.