March against murder

2015-08-25 14:49
Provincial community safety ministery Dan Plato led a march through Ocean View, speaking out against drugs and gangsterism.

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Provincial community safety ministery Dan Plato led a march through Ocean View, speaking out against drugs and gangsterism. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Only hours after another man was murdered on the streets of Ocean View, provincial minister for Community Safety Dan Plato led a march through the suburb.

The murder took place in the early hours of Saturday morning, confirmed sources within the Community Police Forum (CPF). The march formed part of a series of ongoing visits to communities stricken by gang violence and drug abuse, especially on the Cape Flats, said Plato.

“We will never tolerate gangs and drugs. They are tearing our communities apart. Ocean View has been identified as one of the communities in which gangs, drugs and abalone poaching are rife,” he said.

Plato, along with local councillors, CPF members and residents patrolled the streets for over two hours on Saturday night, calling for an end to drugs gangs.

Resident Vincent Williams said when he moved to Ocean View from Simon’s Town many years ago, it was considered one of the best townships to live in.

“We didn’t have this crime and fear in Ocean View. We can’t expect our children to grow up like this. It’s not safe for children to walk at night go visit their family. It’s also no place for the elderly. We have to die behind our curtains,” he said.

Williams hopes the march will encourage more residents to join structures such as the neighbourhood watch.

“I hope people who are fearful will join and say ‘enough is enough’,” said Williams.

The establishment of safety structures such as neighbourhood watches has been challenging, as many residents are too scared to join, say CPF sources.

Plato said the march also serves to support the community safety structures and offer them assistance.

“We are visiting the most vulnerable communities to lift the spirits of the CPF and neighbourhood watches and see what they experience. We want to show people that government cares and wants to assist them,” said Plato.

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