Land occupation adds to violent crimes

2018-07-26 06:00

The spike in recent violent crimes in Nyanga, is due to the unrest associated with land occupiers.

This is according to Buyisile Makasi of the Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF).

The Cape Town Traffic Service arrested 78 suspects, impounded 88 vehicles and issued 4543 fines for various other offences in the past week.

Of those, 64 were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at roadblocks around the city.

The rest were apprehended for outstanding warrants, reckless and negligent driving and failure to comply with a lawful instruction­.

Makasi added that the Department of Social Development and that of Human Settlements, need to unite to help fight crime in Nyanga because the police were doing all the work on their own.

Last Sunday, the City’s Metro Police officers on patrol in Nyanga arrested a 21-year-old sword-wielding suspect on charges of attempted murder and possession of a dangerous weapon, when they came across him assaulting another on Old Klipfontein Road.

Officers also took the victim to Gugulethu Day Hospital for treatment and the extent of his injuries are not known.

The suspect was one of more than 130 arrests by the City’s Metro Police and Traffic Departments in the last week, after being caught in the act.

Officers also collared 19 suspects for possession of drugs, one for riotous behaviour and 32 for driving under the influence of alcohol­.­

“These incidents are far too commonplace, in spite of the risks that drunk drivers pose to themselves and others.

“I shudder to think what might have happened if our officers were not able to avoid that collision. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a huge contributor to a sky-high road death toll.

“Many of these accidents, which lead to death, disability and heartbreak could have been avoided if the driver or road user was sober,” said the City’s Mayco member for safety, security, and social services, JP Smith.

According to Makasi, the crime in Nyanga was not as rife in the last quarter as it is now.

Smith says that community patrols and neighbourhood watches were visible, even the relationship the police had with the community had improved.

“It is possible to rid Nyanga of crime if only we can find a way to help people stop their bad habits, such as drinking and carrying of weapons.

“As CPF, we are doing all that we can by engaging with the community and holding awareness programmes.”

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