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Drug crimes affect Western Cape most

2012-07-04 20:32

Cape Town - Drug offences head the list of crimes affecting Western Cape communities, the provincial community safety department said on Wednesday.

"I think we were not surprised with regard to the input. [This is a] reconfirmation regarding the reinstatement of specialised [police] units," community safety MEC Dan Plato said in Cape Town.

"[Provincial police commissioner] Arno Lamoer the other day, again in a communiqué and on national television, said: 'No, it will not happen'.

"But at the end of the day, all over the Western Cape... that is what people want, that is why it is there [in the report]."

The department released a 140-page report on Wednesday on provincial policing needs and priorities in Cape Town.

Surveys from 13 000+ homes

Drug offences, home burglaries, and common robbery were identified as the top crimes on which the police needed to focus.

The findings were based on surveys from 13 347 households and 25 community policing forums, and interviews with relevant organisations.

Plato said he had already couriered copies of the report to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa for consideration when determining the national policing policy.

He would monitor the degree to which the highlighted needs and priorities were implemented in national policy.

He said the province was unique and needed specialised police drug and gang units, and a framework with targets to address drug-related crime.

The report had also highlighted the need for improved relations between the community and police, as just under half of the participants felt the relationship was poor.

Police response

Half of those surveyed said the police's response to distress calls was poor.

"We are working very hard to restore the relations between the public and the police. In some instances, there is a breakdown in the communication," Plato said.

He said the community needed to trust police and the courts to combat crime and bring criminals to book.

One way to do this was to educate them on the province's witness protection programme.

Just under 70% of people said they would not feel safe if they needed to give information to police about a crime they had witnessed. This rose to 71% if they were required to testify in court.

Comments
  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-07-04 21:16

    What an absolutely idiotic and inane comment, Busisiwe. Please don't show your stupidity like this. Rather keep quiet and let people think you have a brain

  • lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-07-04 21:43

    lets shift this article to another Province then we 'll see more comments

      ludger.machele - 2012-07-05 03:43

      and we can bet those comments will be racist . . .

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-04 21:49

    Cape-town is so HIGH!!!!

      kolobe.mzansi.9 - 2012-07-05 05:07

      so most drug addicts vote for the da

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-04 22:57

    Some idiots are busy following Zuma, some Dumbdest behind Malema, some Barbaric Blonds are behind Zille, when u gonna wake up south africa and realise that the MEDIA is busy steering you up. If u think there is a president who can do better than the other here in south africa, just flush that little mind of yours and replace it with peanuts

      ludger.machele - 2012-07-05 03:43

      you are so right, only the people are able to change their circumstances not Governemnts !!!!

  • ludger.machele - 2012-07-05 03:45

    The pressusres of success . . . .

  • Khaya - 2012-07-05 08:05

    I think by now it is an established fact that Dan Plato has failed to combat crime in the Western Cape. This is with specific reference to drug-related crimes which are of a violent nature. May be the Premier might have to consider to reshuffle her cabinet. The center is not hoding.

      paul.makhudu1 - 2012-07-05 09:48

      it is sad that all incompetent officials are from other parties but when it happens to their darling DA you will never hear people saying a DA deployee is useless!

  • Christopher - 2012-07-05 10:08

    hhhhhmmmm..... sounds to me like the unregulated, black marcket drug trade is to be lame. I wonder what the solution is? It cant possibly be ending a prohibition that has never worked and thus failed in its attempts to get money away from the criminal gangs running the drug trade can it? Nah, cant be? People dont do drugs cause they're ilegal right?.... NOT! End prohibtion, take the drug money away from the gangs, regulate the market with governemnt, police and independant parties running the proccesses and systems. I dont advocate drug use, however I do believe its a personal choice, a human right if you will, and if people do it they should at least be able to access safe "uncut" drugs, without the need being there for them to deal with criminals. Then we could use the money raised from the regulated trade and saved through ending arrests and court cases to assist people in drug rehab and get rid of the criminals who would totally lose their livelyhood... anyway, just my point of view I guess.

      Goodstuff - 2012-09-14 09:57

      If it is not drugs then it's cable theft, if it is not that it is high jacking, if it's not that it's kidnapping etc. The point is that crime is found where there is society + unemployment + bad education. Making drugs legal will not solve the problem it will only shift it to another department.

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