‘Pagad not a threat’

2015-10-20 06:00
Advocate Hishaam Mohamed addresses the crowd after accepting the memorandum after Pagad martched to the Athlone police station on Saturday.

Advocate Hishaam Mohamed addresses the crowd after accepting the memorandum after Pagad martched to the Athlone police station on Saturday.

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Community organisation People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) held a march from Gugulethu to Athlone on Saturday.

The march under the theme “Yes to life! No to drugs!” saw Pagad members march down Klipfontein Road to Athlone police station. There a memorandum was handed to advocate Hishaam Mohamed, head of the justice and constitutional development department.

In the memorandum Pagad asked national government to “stop its unfair discriminatory practices against the Pagad movement, and remove us as a threat to the state”.

Furthermore, and more importantly it says, the organisation is seeking the department’s help in order for government to grant clemency to nine of its jailed members.

“It is a shame on the ANC national government to free apartheid killer Eugene de Kock, who worked against the oppressed masses. Pagad prisoners who sought to protect communities against gangsters and drug dealers are still languishing in prison,” reads the memorandum.

The document also requests various inquiries into the deaths of members killed in the 1990s. “The South African government owes an explanation to the families of those killed. Pagad demands that those responsible for the killings be tried and convicted.”

Meanwhile, the work of the police was praised, but not without some criticism of the speed at which justice is served as well as allegations of corruption, which have also been extended and levelled at a few neighbourhood watches and community police forums in the area.

“We call for the closure of all shebeens in our townships. Research has repeatedly revealed that shebeens are places where crime, drug dealing, prostitution emanate from,” Pagad further states.

Mohammed accepted the memorandum and addressed the crowd gathered outside Athlone police station.

In the statement Pagad maintain that it has the community at the heart of its objectives.

“Pagad supports people and people’s struggles for righteousness and just struggles for education, water, electricity, housing, employment, etc. We support the struggles against occupation of Palestinian land by Zionists and an end to all unjust wars.”

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