Police station up for auction

180624. Goodwood police station, 13 Wiener St, Goodwood, Cape Town, 7460. Goodwood is a suburb situated between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It is 10 kilometres from the city centre and accessible from the N1, N7 and N2 highways. The town was established in 1905 and named after Goodwood Racecourse in England as the founders intended to make it a racing centre. A course was actually constructed, but after only one meeting it was abandoned. The first railway station was built in 1905, and today there are three within the municipal area: Goodwood, Vasco and Elsies River. These all lie on the Cape Town-Johannesburg main line. Pic Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)
The building housing the Goodwood police station for the past 60 years is up for auction, but the police union is not aware of it.

According to Rawson Auctions, the property in Wiener Street, Vasco Estate, has been rented by the Goodwood police since 1956.

The auctioneers said the property could be renovated into flats, with its monthly rental of about R60,000.

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said he would be writing to the office of the acting provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Sindile Mfazi, as a matter of urgency to enquire about the auctioning of the police station building.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said all they knew was that the lease had expired in December.

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille’s spokesperson Leigh-Anne Jansen said the police were looking for a bigger space.  
“The agreement is as per terms of the existing lease agreement which expires on December 31.”

However, Ms Jansen said the lease had been extended for a further year, with effect from January 1 to December 31 next year, and the police would remain in the building until an alternative accommodation was found.

According to the advert by Rawson Auctions, the auction will take place on Wednesday at noon.

The SA Police Union, Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union were not aware of the auctioning of the building. The building has a reserve price of R5.8 million, and all offers would be reviewed.