Picket after cops’ silence on shots

2017-09-05 06:00

The Kensington community policing forum (CPF) invites residents to support its solidarity picket along Voortrekker Road, from 5th Avenue to 18th Avenue, on Sunday at 14:00.

This follows a month after authorities failed to respond to the memorandum that was handed to the provincial police in July. A response was expected by 10 August but the CPF says it never heard from them.

CPF chairperson Mogamat Nordien says they planned the picketing in an attempt to make their voices heard. He says it is disappointing that they have to reach this point because all they want is a peaceful environment and they need the police to help them.

In July the CPF organised a peaceful march to Kensington Police Station following random shootings in Kensington and Factreton.

In a recent incident a 27-year-old man was shot in a drive-by shooting on the corner of Lugmag Avenue and Sunderland Street, Factreton on Wednesday 30 August. According to reports the man was shot in the ankle.

Shootings in the area are reportedly occurring from 01:00 to 08:00, noon to 16:00 and 20:00 to 00:00 and mostly take place in Glider Crescent, Albacore Street, Ventura Street, Matroos Square, Salmander Square, Lugmag Avenue, Lysander Street, 16th Avenue and Fortress Street.

Cheslyn Steenberg, CPF secretary, adds: “The Kensington CPF is resolute in its quest for more resources, thus calling on other CPFs, neighbourhood watches, residents, churches, sporting clubs and businesses to join our call. It is our plea as the Kensington CPF for permanent resources to be allocated to our local police station. It must acknowledge that the lack of resources is not only a Kensington issue but a broader Cape Town, Western Cape issue.”

Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana says the memorandum is being taken under consideration and a response will be issued.

She says provincial police management has noted with concern a recent increase in gang-related incidents in some parts of Cape Flats.

“As a response a team led by a number of provincial brigadiers were devolved to identify station areas as a means of quelling these incidents. The team of brigadiers is supported by forces comprising public order police members, detection teams, tactical response team and stabilisation unit members as well as intelligence operatives to bolster capacity at cluster and station levels. They will conduct operations, random searches and intelligence-led raids. On the ground they will be supported by other law enforcement agencies, neighbourhood watches and volunteers,” Rwexana says.

She says police appeal to residents to work with the police officers deployed in these areas as the initiatives are meant to ensure safety for all. A further plea is made, she says, to other enforcement agencies to do their bit as far as bylaw enforcement is concerned.

“That would allow the police teams to focus on preventing and fighting violent crime incidents. These interventions are set to continue until the situation has stabilised,” she says.

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