City should explain Langa roadblock bias

2017-08-03 06:00

The past few months has seen an intense roadblocks in Langa by both the traffic department and Metro Police.

These patrols usually take place every two weeks. Both the Vanguard and Bhunga off-ramps are hot spots for these road blocks.

We have a problem when these seem to be conducted only in Langa.

How often are these operations carried out in areas such as Constantia, Claremont or Camps bay.

Do these areas also experience intensive road blocks week in week out?

What are the objectives for these operations and the rationale behind them.

Moreover are the any major or prevalent road accidents in Langa, that necessitated such drastic steps.

After deliberating on this with friends, we decided to enquire with the Western Cape Traffic department, the statistics relating to road blocks between Langa, Pinelands, Thornton and Bonteheuwel, from January 2017 to July.

I was sent from pillar to post and ultimately the “Safely Home” department, where even no response has been forthcoming.

Seeing that they have failed to respond to my queries, can they at least make the statistics public.

I have also noticed that these roadblocks are manned by officers from outside of the area.

Which begs the question whether these officers are doing this to meet their operational targets for the month. Because if this is so, in Langa we have a host of other prevalent crimes but you seldom see these police assisting or making any major operation to assist SAPS to deal with our crime.

This is not to imply that there are not any of these operations but to indicate that they are of a minimal scale, not so visible and also no impact to deal with the scourge of criminal activities within the Langa policing precinct.

So we wish as the community of Langa to see the City of Cape Town law enforcement agencies having regular joint operations to supplement the overburdened and inadequately resourced Langa SAPS to deal with their priority, prevalent crimes in the area.

We also wish these operations could be fairly dispensed in the same manner as those of the other cluster stations which include: Cape Town, Sea Point, Camps Bay, Pinelands, Maitland Kensington and Woodstock.

I doubt very much if these stations have roadblocks conducted weekly and from 07h00 for drinking and driving offenders.

I think the City of Cape town could give light to this matter by providing us with the criteria to conduct these operations in these areas and their objectives together with the rationale behind these for the purpose of public interest.

With modern policing, communities should be involved in all aspects of fighting crime as is stated in Section 18 of the SAPS Act of 1998 in particular sub-section (f) on Promoting joint problem identification and problem-solving by the Service and the community.

Belinda Dilima Langa

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