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Residents in Madadeni, in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, are so fed up with the service at the local police station that they are flocking to report their complaints.
Residents claim the police have failed them in a number of cases and have been unable to stop the spread of crime.
They also claim that they are frequently robbed in front of the police station.
Resident, Thokoza Manci, said people feared for their lives in the township.
"We cannot move around freely while criminals operate freely and police are not doing anything about them," he said.
Manci said his daughter was robbed outside the police station in December but the police refused to open a case when he reported the incident.
"My daughter does not want to visit home now; she feels unsafe at her place of birth," he said.
Another resident, Mbatshwazwa Mdhladhla, 71, claimed he was chased away by police when he went to open a fraud case.
Police spokesman Captain Shooz Magudulela said: "These allegations are very serious and the police will conduct an internal investigation."
Police said senior police officials were deployed to the station last week to boost the station's efforts to combat crime in the area.