Marching for better police services

2018-03-27 06:00
Joanie Fredericks was one of the organisers of the march.

Joanie Fredericks was one of the organisers of the march.

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Residents have demanded better service delivery from police with a mass march held on Wednesday.

The march organised in conjunction with the Mitchell’s Plain Impact Association, SAWITA and Nead Community Development saw people from all over the precinct march to the Mitchell’s Plain Police Station demanding better services to women especially when dealing with abuse victims.

The “1000 rising against police no show” march started in Tafelsig at 09:00 and was aimed at getting 1000 victims, survivors and supporters to march to all three police stations in the area.

“The South African Constitution, the best in the world, has given citizens some of the most powerful rights. Sections 9 and 10 in the Bill of Rights for me are some of the most crucial in the entire constitution given our violent history as South Africans in an apartheid era that stripped human beings from everything they ever were,” says Joanie Fredericks, MPIA and Nead founder in a statement.

Some of the organisers were Washiela Smith, Leeann Hannival, Misqah Keraan, Jasmine Page and Fafa Moore along with Fredericks.

“Domestic violence must fall. The police have failed victims of domestic violence,” the event poster says.

“A woman is killed every six hours by an intimate partner. These statistics are frightening.”

Aimed at creating a better reception for victims who often fear reporting abuse due to possible victimisation, Fredericks says they have started making progress in this regard and hope to host the march next year again and thanked all the participants who offered their time to join the march.

“We would of course have liked many more people but those who were there made up for the numbers in their vibrancy and chutzpah,” says Fredericks.

She further thanked the police officials and community police forum representatives.

“I feel positive that we won’t have to return next year Human Rights Day 2019 with a repeat of today.”

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