People in Nyanga

2018-10-25 06:01
Nyanga Community Police Forum members from left Secretary Dumisani Qwebe chairman Buyisile Makasi Siyamcela Nondwebi and Xolile NdinisaPHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Nyanga Community Police Forum members from left Secretary Dumisani Qwebe chairman Buyisile Makasi Siyamcela Nondwebi and Xolile NdinisaPHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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The Nyanga Community Police Forum is calling on everyone to roll up their collective sleeves and root out crime in the embattled neighbourhood.

The forum has also come out with guns blazing against the City of Cape Town for allegedly failing to come into the party, and only playing the political blame game.

Nyanga has frequently featured as the country’s murder capital in the annual South African Police Services crime statistics.

In the latest crime statistics, the area recorded 308 murders, an increase of 27 murders from the previous term, maintaining the notorious ‘murder capital’ title. Responding to the figures on Monday, members of the forum said police alone could never win the battle against crime. They called on everyone to work with them.

Chairperson Buyisile Makasi said government and social partners need to come and work with the police and the community.

He said the City’s Law Enforcement and Traffic services has failed the community of Nyanga. “You will never see law enforcement and traffic cops, making the police do their jobs, it becomes an additional burden to them.”

Makasi also blamed various government departments for failing to do their work. He said the community, government, the City and the police all have a role to play in the fight against crime.

Makasi called for the establishment of recreational facilities and activities to lure young people away from crime.

Following the release of the crime statistics, CPF secretary Dumisani Qwebe said they have sat down and investigated the causes of crime in the area.

“Lack of involvement by provincial and national governments, as well as the City contributed to the problem.

Qwebe applauded the police for their continued efforts to fight crime, but criticised the City for not availing its resources to help in the area.

Numerous attempts to get comment from the City failed. Several telephone calls and emails went unanswered.

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