Build a permanent station

2016-05-17 06:00

One day after the Western Cape police ombudsman, Advocate Vusi Pikoli, visited Masiphumelele on Wednesday 13 April in order to listen to the residents’ concerns about crime and violence – mainly related to drug abuse and the selling of drugs – the so far only mobile police station (a small van next to the community hall) was removed without further explanation.

The recent violent conflict between Masi activists and taxi owners, which also affected our neighbours, was solved mainly via tough and tireless negotiations by Masi elders and community leaders.

But to deal with organised drug crimes is not only too much, it is also too dangerous for us who have to look after our families and children.

It is therefore with great concern that we received, only one month after the visit of Advocate Pikoli, the official information from the Ocean View Community Police Forum (on 14 May) that “the police van failed its roadworthy test, parts must be imported from France... and this is apparently a lengthy process”.

In fact, nobody, also not the Ocean View Police Station commander, can say how many months this will last.

Our main concern is the ongoing crimes related to drug abuse and the selling of drugs.

This will explode in violence and toyi-toyi again unless Masiphumelele will get a permanent police station.

Parents can’t fight druglords alone.

We ask our neighbours around Masi, also all civic organisations like rate payers and neighbourhood watches, to help us in this struggle for a permanent police station, as only this will bring more peace to all families in Masi and the whole valley.

Tshepo Moletsane,
Dr Lutz van Dijk
Masiphumelele

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