Public buildings and the right to safety and dignity

Bryan Wintermeyer, an executive in the Port Elizabeth office of SVA International, the architectural firm behind the Bethelsdorp Police Station renovations says:

PORT ELIZABETH – The recent multi-million-rand revamp of the Bethelsdorp Police Station and murders of five police officers at the Ngcobo South African Police Service (SAPS) branch have, once again, placed the state and security of public buildings firmly in the spotlight.

There are those who would argue against the value of introducing an element of humaneness and dignity into harsh and unforgiving institutions such as police stations and prisons. Crime is crime, and somebody must pay.

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