Locals go on the march

2018-02-01 06:01
Concerned Mfuleni residents together with church leaders are protesting in front of Mfuleni police station.

Concerned Mfuleni residents together with church leaders are protesting in front of Mfuleni police station.

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Ward 16 residents in Mfuleni marched to the local police station armed with a memorandum of grievances on Sunday.

Included in the grievances was the lack of police visibility and demands for a proper police station.

The station was given only seven days to respond.

The memorandum was handed over to Lieutenant Fred Peter Jacobs who promised to forward it to the Station Commander, Brigadier Peter Galant.

Brackenfell Roman Catholic Church Reverend Lindela Betya said they feel that the area is overcome with crime and the police are doing nothing about that.

“We want the police to step up and attend to the needs of the community. Because when we come to the police station to report crimes, they (police) tell us there are no vans. We want the Police Minister (Fikile Mbalula) to build the station and add more police officers,” said Reverend Betya.

“We need more manpower ... There are many young people who have obtained matric certificates but are unemployed, particularly in Mfuleni. The department must hire them so that the station can have enough officers,” he said adding that all crime hot spots must be covered by police.

Community leader Sylvester Moloi said ever since Mfuleni was established in 1974, they still have a satellite police station.

“We demand a proper police station. We have a challenge of escalating of crime and when we report to the police station there are no vans. We need police visibility.

If you go to Cape Town and other affluent areas you see police everywhere, with some even riding on horseback.

Why can’t they do the same in our areas,” he complained.

Natasha Wellem said she had been robbed of her cellphones twice last year coming from work in the evening.

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