Langa community unveils crime fighting plans

2018-06-21 06:02
Resident Thobeka Sotiya threw wild allegations against the policePHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Resident Thobeka Sotiya threw wild allegations against the policePHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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As the nation commemorated Youth Day last weekend, members of the Langa Community Policing Forum in collaboration with the police, launched the Community Safety Plan in an effort to help fight crime in the area.

The event was held at Dalukhanyo Pre-School in the New Flats precinct.

The launch about came after the Langa CPF members held various imbizos in the community in an effort to grant residents an opportunity to state grievances.

“We prioritised the crime based on the report we received from our station commander during our CPF meetings ... In the plan is exactly what the community needs and we will ensure that it is implemented as it is,” said CPF chairperson Ayanda Mooi.

He described crime, drugs and alcohol abuse as the main challenges that destroy the youth in the area.

“There is high rate of murder, attempted murders, domestic and gender based violence cases(that are) reported to the police.

Some of the cases are perpetrated in shebeens that operating long hours ...

People who commit these crimes in our communities are known,” he said, urging community members to report any wrong doing in the community.

He also highlighted the use of drugs by learners inside school premises as escalating and declared an urgent intervention to curb this bad habit.

“We will engage members of School Governing Body in all our schools in Langa to find out a workable plan that we can utilise to fight the use of drugs in schools,” he said.

Thobeka Sotiya from Bongweni lambasted corrupt police officers.

“Langa police know where these drug dealers are, but they (police) are corrupt. Some of the police are bribed by these dealers not to arrest or search their houses,” she alleged.

She urged the government to intervene by creating jobs and establish programs to assist young people.

Langa police station communications officer Captain Nondumiso Paul said they are free to work with all community structures to fight crime.

She said the police alone can’t fight crime, they need the support of the community.

Responding to Sotiya’s accusations that Langa police officials are corrupt, Paul said, “I am pleading with the community ... If they find any corrupt police officer, to come forward to report him or her. We don’t want rotten police in the service. Our job is to protect the community. We need dedicated police officers,” said Paul.

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