Community to break free from crime

2018-02-14 06:01
A permanent Operation Wanya Tsotsi structure is being planned for Platfontein outside Kimberley.

A permanent Operation Wanya Tsotsi structure is being planned for Platfontein outside Kimberley.

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A promise was fulfilled to the Platfontein community, which is regarded as one of the most vulnerable and forgotten communities, on Saturday (10/02).

Operation Wanya Tsotsi (OWT) engaged with members of the community, mainly women and children.

The intervention was welcomed and community members marched through the streets of Platfontein, calling for law and order and identifying crime hotspots, where searches were performed and weapons and drugs confiscated.

The OWT’s intervention follows the launch of Operation Fiela on Friday (09/02), at which the Northern Cape police commissioner, Lt.Gen. Risimati Shivuri, promised that the police would leave no stone unturned and patrol all streets.

The community still seems to have lost faith in the police, whom they accuse of never responding to them.

“We can promise you that we will not be part of that operation (Fiela), because the police has declared us a no-go area,” said Sinki Wadinga, a community member.

In last weeks’ edition of Express Northern Cape, Lt. Olebogeng Tawana claimed not to know anything about promises made or police engagements regarding the community’s request for a satellite police station.

The community says they only see police when they escort some politicians during campaigns. There are no taxis in the area, resulting in rape and assault victims having to walk to the police station, more than 10 km from them.

According to Tebogo Othusitse of OWT, the best they can do for now is to provide them with whistles to blow when there is danger.

“That is all we could afford from our pockets in a bid to address their immediate needs,” he said.

One of the community members, Pinaa O’Rayn, said a follow-up meeting would be arranged, after which a permanent OWT structure would be set up.

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