Cops promise reinforcements

2017-09-12 06:00
Some of the community members that joined the Kensington CPF picketing in Voortrekker Road on Sunday.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Some of the community members that joined the Kensington CPF picketing in Voortrekker Road on Sunday.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Kensington Police Station is expected to receive nine new police officers and have a visible policing vacancy advertised in an attempt to fight rising gang violence in the area.

This was reportedly in an agreement made at a meeting between the community policing forum (CPF) and the provincial police on Tuesday last week.

The meeting was a response to a memorandum given to provincial police earlier and more recent threats to picket to demand answers from the provincial police. CPF members say the response was long overdue and the issues raised needed immediate ­intervention.

Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana says they reached “a mutually satisfactory agreement”.

According to CPF secretary Cheslyn Steenberg, while the post of visible policing head is being advertised, an officer will be placed in an acting capacity within 21 days. He says the agreement includes an increase in detectives at the station.

“The station will further be considered for more new recruits when that process is finalised. The CPF appreciates the efforts made by the provincial police to intervene, however, this is an ongoing process and we will hold the provincial police to account to ensure that our community is protected. We are well aware of the fact that no matter how well resourced we may be, it remains the responsibility of the community to partner with the local police and vice versa,” Steenberg says.

He says the outcomes of this meeting would not stop the solidarity picket held on Sunday from 5th Avenue to 18th Avenue. He says the picket was a call for support from other CPFs, neighbourhood watches and organisations.

Steenberg says: “It is only in unity that we can really forge ahead and make substantial impact in our respective communities. We stand in solidarity with Manenberg, Hanover Park, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Mitchell’s Plain, Atlantis, Delft, Bishop Lavis and ­Bonteheuwel.”

Morgamat Nordien, CPF chairperson, says though they are grateful for the efforts shown by the police they will continue fighting for sustainable solutions.

He says except for the nine appointed officers all the other measures are temporary.

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