Fight fire with fire

2016-07-20 06:00

RECENT articles in The Witness and local community newspapers covered incidents of violence and killings in Copesville. The criminals are getting more brazen brutal and gruesome by the day.

Holding a firearm to the head of a four-year-old child is abominable and barbaric.
Ladies and little children being bashed around and threatened with knives and guns during a robbery is extremely traumatising.

In another horrifying case robbers tried kicking down the door of a sleeping family at 1.30am.

After failing to gain entry they fired shots injuring one of the inhabitants. In the past two days there were two shootings one of which was fatal.

Crime is also becoming more prevalent in the neighbouring suburbs where murders and hijackings are on the rise and the Raisethorpe CBD where muggings have become a regular occurrence.

Pupils are attacked and robbed of their cellphones while walking home from school and ladies chains are ripped off their necks in the street in broad daylight.

Law-abiding citizens are being attacked in their homes and are no longer safe behind locked doors. These criminal gangs are stopping at nothing and are well armed.

The Constitution under Section 205 (3) states: “The objectives of the police service are to prevent, combat and investigate crime, to maintain public order, to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property and to uphold and enforce the law.”

I believe that in tough situations fire must be fought with fire and perhaps the SAPS should put Copesville under lockdown mode and flush out these criminals once and for all.

Citizens have a right to be safe and secure.

Dennis Moodley via email

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