Residents demand safety

2018-11-29 06:03
Cape Town mayor Dan Plato is addressing the residents while Ludwe Vara standing next to him is an interpretor. At the back are councillors Thando Mpengezi and Lulekwa Jali from ward 90 in Khayelitsha. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato is addressing the residents while Ludwe Vara standing next to him is an interpretor. At the back are councillors Thando Mpengezi and Lulekwa Jali from ward 90 in Khayelitsha. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Angry Site B residents vented their frustration around crime in area when mayor Dan Plato visited the neighbourhood.

The visit took place on Thursday.

Plato was in the area to listen to some of the resident’s concerns and to seek ways to help.

The meeting was at Usasazo High School.

Irate residents lashed out at police for alleged “poor” police visibility and escalating crime in the area.

Fuming resident Petros Mente said crime in the area had spiralled out of control and police were nowhere to be found.

He said as senior citizens they felt unsafe­.

“Criminals are terrorizing our communities. And even if they (criminals) are arrested today they are released the following day,” said Mente.

He urged Plato to pay special attention to the Cape Flats, where crime and gangsterism is prevalent.

Plato vowed to address all residents’ concerns.

However, he stated that he needed some time to adjust into his new role and to acclimatise to the new environment.

Plato described crime is a major concern to everyone.

He promised to organise a “special meeting” with police and the Metro Police officials to look at strategies to curb crime in the area.

“I will depend on the local councillor for a follow-up meeting. If he says I must come in December or January I’ll come. I’m ready any time,” said Plato.

Ward councillor Thando Mpengesi said as the community they lived in fear because of the escalating of crime in their neighbourhood.

He said they wanted Plato to intervene and resolve their problems.

He highlighted robberies, murders and car hijacking as the most occurring in the area.

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