Bulwer cops ‘do nothing’

2012-09-06 00:00

BULWER farmers want Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to shake up the police in their area and get them to be more proactive in fighting crime.

The farmers and community believe that the police in the area are not doing enough to nab criminals there and that if the situation continues there could be bloodshed.

They claim that a gang of six well-known criminals are conducting a reign of terror and nothing is being done to apprehend them.

A heated meeting involving the community policing forum, police officials, farmers and community members was held at the Hlanganani Hall in Bulwer this week to discuss the issue.

Simphiwe Dlamini, assistant manager of Quathlamba farmnear Magwanqa, told The Witness that they had lost cattle, maize and potatoes.

“We reported cases of stock theft and maize to the Bulwer police, but they only took our statements and did nothing more. They are either incompetent or they don’t care,” said Dlamini.

He added that on Sunday he was confronted by a group of men suspected of being behind the crimes in the area. “They were armed with sticks and one threatened to kill me, alleging that I was trying to make police arrest them.

“When I contacted the police in Bulwer, they did not want to open a case,” Dlamini said.

The farmers allegedly found some of the stolen maize at a house and police confiscated the goods, but did not arrest the culprits.

Paul “Tex” Turton, Quathlamba farm manager, said the prevalence of crime was brought to the notice of senior police staff in 2011, informers were put into the community and a detailed report of who the criminals were was forwarded to the police via the Underberg Farm Watch.

Msizi Dlamini, chairperson of the Marwanqa community police forum, echoed the farmers’ concerns that police were dragging their feet in investigating farm attacks.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they could not disclose the outcome of the meeting, but that follow-up meetings would be held.

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