Residents cry for help

2016-05-05 06:00
 Community organisations out in full force demanding more resources for Nyanga.  PHOTO: Lulekwa mbadamane

Community organisations out in full force demanding more resources for Nyanga. PHOTO: Lulekwa mbadamane

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“No police station can run effectively when it is under resourced, when it is in one of the country high crime areas,”

This is according to the Nyanga Community Police Forum, which took to the streets last week.

Disgruntled residents, along with community organisations, marched to the police station on Wednesday to hand over a list of grievances to the provincial police commissioner.

According to forum secretary, Dumisani Qwebe the march was to raise concerns regarding limited resources at the Nyanga police station.

“Right now we have around 170 members stationed at the Nyanga police and that is not enough because the area covered by this police station is so vast. There just isn’t enough members to focus in these areas.

Currently we have a crisis in Brown’s Farm, but there just isn’t enough attention there,” he said.

He said that was also an urgent need to form a branch of detectives that will investigate gang related crimes.

Two weeks ago, A grandmother, a teenager, and an 8-year-old boy were killed in a suspected gang retaliation attack in the area. Another man died in hospital after being shot in the same street as the granny lived. It was alleged by the police that the killings started when a 43-year-old man was shot in his car in Sibini Avenue, Zwelitsha.

Qwebe said that Nyanga detectives had a high case load and that they would be much more effective if gangs were investigated alone.

“The detectives in this police station are overworked which leads to less conviction rates in crimes. We need detectives that will deal with gang violence and crimes in the area. Gangs are killing each other and innocent people; we need to focus on this problem,” said Qwebe.

He said that they also called on Saps, Department of Justice and Corrections to take an active role in educating the community about the constitution of the country and the justice system.

“The community always complain when a suspect is released on bail and they do not understand why this should happen. We really need to educate people about what our constitution says regarding the treatment of suspects,” he explained.

He said that an urgent matter was the issue of a police station for the Brownsfarm area in Philippi and were in talks with the authorities regarding the fast tracking the process of building it.

He said that the current station commander was doomed to fail due to a lack of resources at his disposal.

“You can’t expect someone to produce good results when they do not have the necessary tools to execute their duty. We will continue to address these challenges so that we can rid this area of criminals,” he added.

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