Community march against crime

2018-12-05 06:01
Ward 23 community members march outside the Plessislaer Police Station on Monday.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Ward 23 community members march outside the Plessislaer Police Station on Monday.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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WARD 23 community members have threatened to shut down Plessislaer Police Station if their demands are not attended to immediately.

The group marched to Plessislaer Police Station on Monday where they submitted their memorandum of demands.

IN THE MEMORANDUM THEY DEMANDED THE FOLLOWING:

• Police visibility and regular police patrol in the community;

• Fast response from the police;

• Immediate arrest of drug lords;

• Total shutdown of all drug dealers’ outlets.

The station was given 14 days to respond to the demands.

This march was led by ward 23 councillor Mdumiseni Phungula and it was part of the Thuma Mina Campaign by African National Congress (ANC).

Phungula said residents are tired of living in fear while they are close to a police station, and the police are not doing their job. He said people get robbed, killed and raped at the same crime hot spots now and again.

“Criminals are walking free while the victims and witnesses of different crimes are living in fear. We will not allow the police to not do their job.

“We want national Minister of Police Bheki Cele and Community Safety and Liaison MEC in KZN Mxolisi Kaunda to establish a task team that will look into pending cases, vigilantism, brutal killings of state witnesses, alleged involvement of police in drug dealings and poor service from Plessislaer Police Station. There are about seven witnesses who have been killed in Ashdown and those cases were reported to the police but nothing is happening. We want witnesses to be given witness protection.

“We are not happy with the poor service that we are getting from Plessislaer Police Station. Since we are submitting this memorandum today [Monday], we expect to get a response within 14 days on how we are going to tackle the high rate of crime that we are facing.

“If we do not get the answers, we will mobilise all the residents from Greater Edendale and the whole of Imbali and shut down this police station. If the police station fails to do its job, we might as well just close it down,” he added.

He further revealed that there are allegations some police officers are dealing in drugs.

“There are rotten police officers in this station who are suppliers of drugs in our ward and they must be exposed. Our children have turned into vagrants because of these drugs. The hot spots where drugs are being sold are known to everyone, even the police, but no one is doing anything,” he said.

Station Commander Brigadier Mandla Shezi said they are determined to work with the community to fight crime.

“We will take this memorandum and submit it to our bosses and see what plans we can come up with in assisting the community fight crime,” he said.

Shezi also urged the community to report any police officer who seem to be not doing his job accordingly or who is involved in illegal dealings.

“When you have the information do not give it to any police officer, but ask for the station commander’s office. The door is always open. Even if you are not satisfied with the proceeding of the case that you opened, you are welcome to come and speak to the chief investigating officer about your case and the investigations,” he said, adding that they will respond within 14 days.

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