Tired of begging for police protection

2017-10-12 06:00

A leader of a community-initiated patrol group in the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East said they have become “tired of begging” for police protection. Residents told Dan Plato, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, about their concerns on Sunday afternoon at the Phillipi East police station.

It was Plato’s second visit to the crime-ridden ward in ten days. Last week, he met community leaders after 11 people were shot dead in one night.

The patrol leaders said they had 300 members, and about 150 people patrolling daily. Plato said, “That’s a lot. It’s more than other recognised patrollers across the Western Cape.”

Daluxolo Naki said that the lack of police protection had resulted in everybody “waking up and patrolling” the community.

Xolani Tukwayo told Plato of two recent incidents where patrolling members were attacked.

“Two days ago thugs attacked us because we disrupted their operations,” he said. Patrol leader Themba Nqilo said only men patrolled at night. “Thugs are in charge of certain areas, shooting people and forcing them to rape kids,” he said.- GroundUp


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