Attack on elderly shocking

2016-02-25 06:00

THE Democratic Alliance is shocked and disgusted by last week’s attack on an elderly Southport gentleman. Despite being severely injured, he fortunately survived and we wish him a speedy recovery.

This incident is indicative of the violence that many elderly and vulnerable residents of Hibiscus Coast Municipality face every day. Of great concern is that this is the fourth home invasion he has experienced in the past year.

As DA MPL for the Ugu South Constituency, I visited the Southport police station with local DA councillor, Tap Kruger.

During the visit it emerged that a major factor for the increase in local crime - a matter already raised by police officials and CPF members - is that of overgrown verges, vacant lots and other unkempt areas.

This not only hampers effective patrolling, it provides a haven for criminals to hide in or escape arrest.

The culprits here is the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and Transnet where bushy areas surround the railway tracks.

The problem exists in spite of numerous complaints lodged by the local councillor and residents.

The ANC-led Hibiscus Coast Municipality has consistently shown that it does not respond or respect the service delivery complaints raised by local DA councillors.

This is indicative of an uncaring municipality and national entity. Their inaction has resulted in and will continue to result in attacks of vulnerable residents.

The residents of Hibiscus Coast Municipality deserve a municipal government that serves and protects its residents from crime.

Where the DA governs, measures such as the violent prevention through the urban upgrade programme have been introduced into communities to make them safer. This has proved to be successful in areas such as Harare Square in Khayelitsha.

A DA council would prioritise service delivery to all its residents to create a society free of fear.

Dr Rishigen Viranna, MPL

Democratic Alliance Ugu South
Constituency Head

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