Imbizo talks crime

2015-09-03 06:00

Resident Lumnkile Msila who told the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster ministers of his battle to get justice after being shot during his robbery that cost him his leg. 

Mandla Mahashe

Resident Lumnkile Msila who told the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster ministers of his battle to get justice after being shot during his robbery that cost him his leg. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster hosted an Imbizo at the Zolani Centre in Nyanga East last week to address rampant crime in te area.

However, the event was turned into a political party tool as the the ministers who attended instead sang praises to the government of President Jacob Zuma.

Police minister Nathi Nhleko, his deputy Maggie Sotyu and State Security minister David Mahlobo, were on the podium, supposedly to listen to the concerns of the community regarding crime.

The hall was filled to the brim, what with residents from other areas also ready to have their two cents worth in the Imbizo.

But Sotyu hardly said a word about the crime, instead giving the audience a history lesson on the struggle of women during Apartheid.

Mahlobo also reiterated the national government’s commitment to fighting crime but urged the community to assist law enforcement officials.

And, when residents finally got the chance to air their grievances, police inefficiency seemed to top the list of complaints.

Xolani Joja said: “Our biggest problem is that in Samora Machel, we only have one visible police van and therefore it takes hours for police to respond to cases of emergencies,”.

Lumnkile Msila is a KTC resident and repeated victim of crime who said that he as well as the community has lost all hope in the police.

“I was shot in the leg by criminals who robbed me of my gun. I told the police I knew who the suspects were and they told me to bring him in when I saw him.

My leg had to be amputated as the result of that shooting and still today nothing was ever done about the matter,” he said.

Another resident said that robberies were rife in the Nyanga area but police repeatedly failed to follow up on cases.

“They not only rob people during the day they also terrorise bus commuters by jumping into buses and robbing people,” she lamented.

Police minister Nhleko asked for the community to assist police in the battle against crime.

“Government alone cannot win the battle against crime, we therefore call on all citizens to take a stand against all forms of criminal activities happening in their communities.

Even with police killings, someone out there in the communities knows who the perpetrators are and they must report them without delay” said Minister Nhleko.

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