Calls for chief to go after protest

2017-07-18 06:00

Hout Bay residents feel let down by police who were supposed to protect them when Imizamo Yethu residents protested.

The residents are calling for Hout Bay Police Station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Khuthala Nebhisi’s head, claiming that she is “clueless” and failed to protect them during the three-day protest at the beginning of the month.

Residents have created a petition, which more than 670 people have signed, that calls for Nebhisi to be fired.

They feel they were unable to leave their homes during the protest, fearing for their safety, and this would have been avoided by a stronger police presence.

Protesters took to the streets, burning tyres and overturning and burning cars (“Protest leaves scars” , People’s Post, 11 July).

There are allegations that residents calling for help were told by Nebhisi to “speak to your mayor” as, according to her, the protest was a City of Cape Town problem, not a policing issue.

Wynberg policing cluster commander Brigadier Aaron Mlenga says they are aware of the petition. “We are looking into the allegations. Police officers did their best to protect the civilians.”

Residents commenting on the petition say they were “held hostage” for three days during the protests and had “to resort to protecting [themselves and their neighbours] against hooligans running riot in Penzance”.

They have called for a station commander who will “be able to act and act fast”.

Nebhisi could not be reached for comment as she was on leave.

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