Nyanga residents stage sit-in at police station

2016-04-27 15:17
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Cape Town – A group of residents staged a sit-in at the Nyanga police station in Cape Town on Wednesday, demanding justice, police visibility and the establishment of a task team to investigate gang activities.

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This follows a spate of violent attacks in the area.

Last week, a grandmother, a teenager and an 8-year-old boy were killed in an apparent gang related retaliation attack.

Nyanga community police forum secretary Dumisani Qwebe told News24 on Wednesday that they had handed over a memorandum at the station, and had given police seven days to respond.

If they failed to respond, the community would again take to the streets, he said.

They wanted a police station for the Brown’s Farm area and clarity on the police numbers in Nyanga.

The group also wanted an awareness campaign about the witness protection programme and more police visibility, Qwebe said.

Recently, Lieutenant Colonel Norman Joseph said residents had been told that a fully-fledged police station was on the cards for the Brown’s Farm area.

Provincial police management was looking for a site on which to build the station, which would support the Nyanga station. It was deemed a long-term project.

Qwebe said on Wednesday that they had seen the full capacity of police in the area for the first time.

Police on horseback and intelligence officers had been present at the station during the sit-in, he said.

This was what they wanted at all times.

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