Crime is getting worse

2015-05-28 06:00

LIVING on the platteland or small coastal towns or villages has been a privilege over the past years. People from large cities throughout the country struggle to save for their annual holiday because for them it is not only a well-deserved rest, it is – or was – the calming thought of getting away from every day crime.

Unfortunately, things changed and we the locals, the municipalities, security companies, the SAPD or whoever may be involved is doing nothing to change the situation.

A normal family gets up in the morning, put the children on their way to school, go to work and back home. What are the chances that a young girl on her way to school gets raped on the bridge from Margate Ext 3? What are the chances that the mother who rides her scooter to work gets robbed at the traffic light at the police station in Margate? Or what are the chances of getting mugged while trying to get out or onto your premises and the electric gate gets stuck? That is the crimes that should be handled at ground level because no one can live in such a crime stricken country where there is no hope of anyone trying to better it.

A week ago a woman was pulled from her scooter when approaching the traffic light at the Margate Police station when on her way to work early one morning. Some powder was thrown into her face which caused her eyes to burn and prevented her from doing anything to defend herself. It was later confirmed that the powder contained some kind of fibre optic pieces and left the inside of her eyes with small abrasions. All her belongings were stolen during the mugging. During the winter months it is still dark at six in the morning and in the past a police officer used to man that area specifically to watch over the large amount of school children who wait for their lifts in that area. Isn’t prevention better than cure? Load shedding on the other hand is not helping much. Ever wondered if loadshedding would still be necessary if all illegal electric connections were disconnected?

In our area, people living in Masinenge are drawing power from a power box in Tucker Avenue. Eskom knows and the SAPS know. A child has already been electrocuted by the live wires but they are still there. Consumers who pay for electric supply, have to stay without it because of load shedding. They suffer, so that others can get it for free. Is that what democracy is? Is that what the constitution means by the protection of Human Rights?

Maybe the army should be deployed in all areas and on beaches to protect everyone who are being robbed in their own homes and elsewhere. South Africa recently won a world wide award as the most beautiful tourist country. Really? Tourists cannot even visit our beaches? How many people have been robbed on our beaches, or even killed?

Let the men and women of our forces start at ground level to get rid of the rubbish who will kill for a few rand to pay for the next whoonga fix.

Ilse Venter

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