COP will continue to clean up, regardless

2015-09-17 06:00

THE Community on Patrol Programme (COP), at whose launch the Maritzburg Fever played a supportive role, is a joint effort of the Mountain Rise SAPS and the Combined Action Team (CAT), overseen by the Community­ Police Forum (CPF), that serves the community serviced by the station.

Since 1 September the policing partners of COP have been hard at work responding to tip-offs and objections from a very fed up community and overburdened school principals. Complaints concerning legal alcohol outlets have been received and responded to by way of enforcing the law and throwing the book at owners for after-hour alcohol sales. Herein lies a serious problem because the transgressors are scurrying to politicians complaining that the CPF is harassing their businesses.

Neither COP nor the CPF is answerable to politicians and the strong-arm tactics the business owners are turning to.

The community needs to know that when their tip-offs are attended to the corrupt in the community emerge grumpy and scooting to politicians.

We remain undeterred and not intimidated by avaricious businesses hell-bent on encouraging after-hour alcohol sales, alcohol in the main is destroying communities and swelling domestic violence.

COP will suffocate the advocates of social ills who, for too long, have had it easy. The pains from the scratches of CAT are now hurting too.

JAY JUGWANTH

via email

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