Residents call SAPS to action

2018-12-27 06:00

OTTAWA residents together with DA supporters marched to the Verulam SAPS on Saturday, December 15. The aim of the march was to appeal to the police to increase their visibility in the area.

Marchers complained about businesses operating without licenses, businesses operating in residential areas, and continuous crime.

Durban North Constituency chairperson Rory Macpherson said: “The DA recognises the incredible and selfless effort that most men and woman in blue make but it is equally important to highlight the weaknesses in an effort to get to a point of excellence. Most importantly, the Ottawa community want more visible policing and a quick response to cases of emergency.

“However, the challenge here is the limited recourses of personal and vehicles that both SAPS and Metro police face. This critical aspect is at the core of our memorandum which we will be handing to the Minister of Safety and Security as well as the Mayor of eThekwini. It is vital that additional resources and training are made available to our police services who then, in turn, are able to offer an improved service to residents and business.”

Macpherson added: “We are calling on SAPS in particular to take a more proactive approach in consultation with community leaders as drugs are directly linked to crime.

“Having said all of this, despite the current shortages of police personal and vehicles, the DA is making a case that Ottawa community gets it fair share of these resources. It could be that these peaceful marches are the first of many and the DA looks forward to its continued engagement in representing the community of Ottawa and surrounding suburbs.”

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Henry Kisten received a memorandum on behalf of the station commander, Brigadier Patrick Dludla: “The station commander will look at the memorandum and address their concerns. Residents wanted more police patrols in the area. The station commander will look at the concerns and report back to the residents.”

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