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  • A police station in Bothasig, Cape Town, has been decorated with Christmas lights the past five years. 
  • The community police forum said the police station is decorated to make it more accessible to the community. 
  • Funds raised from a fair when the Christmas lights of the police station are turned on is donated to community police forums in the area. 
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For the 5th year in a row, a community police station in Bothasig, Cape Town, has been decorated with Christmas lights in a bid to make it more accessible to the community. 

Dave Morley, the chairperson of the Bothasig community police forum, said the project was inspired by the well-known Klepper and Cornelis Streets where decorated houses attract hundreds of visitors every year. 

“There is so much bad-mouthing of the South African Police Service (SAPS), that SAPS is criminal and that they have blood on their hands, but people forget that there are only a few bad apples in the police service,” Morley told Business Insider South Africa. “This project is just trying to prove that there are good SAPS members out there that honestly cares.” 

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Morley, who runs an electrical wholesale company, said a ‘lighting committee’, comprising of police constables and community volunteers, is responsible for decorating the police station with Christmas lights. 

They reuse as much of the previous year’s lighting, but it still costs about R10,000 a year to cover the costs of replacing broken bulbs and buying new displays, which Morley said is mostly sponsored. 

It takes them roughly 2 weeks to complete the hanging of the various Christmas lights. 

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The display is officially switched on on November 30 at a local fair that sells food and hosts Christmas carols and school groups performances. All the funds raised are donated to community policing forums in the area to improve public safety.  

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“The response is absolutly overwhelming every year. To see a diverse community come together makes all the hard work worthwhile,” Morley said. 

* The Bothasig SAPS holiday display is turned on every evening at 8PM.

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