Gamalakhe community march peacefully

2016-07-14 06:00
 Margate Station Commander Colonel Sipho Thabethe, signs the memorandum on behalf of Nathi Nhleko.

Margate Station Commander Colonel Sipho Thabethe, signs the memorandum on behalf of Nathi Nhleko.

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MEMBERS of the ANC Gamalakhe branch, and pastors took part in a peaceful march to Gamalakhe Police Station on Saturday.
The march started at T.B. Molefe sports field and went around Gamalakhe to the police station.

ANC Ward 5 committee chair Pat Njakazi led the march with ANC councillor candidates Mzwandile Mncube, Musa Ngcobo and Phumlani Gumbi.

Njakazi said the aim of the march was to address community grievances regarding services given by the Gamalakhe SAPS.

Listed on a memorandum were issues concerning the structure of the police station.

Njakazi said General Ngobeni promised the construction of a new police station for Gamalakhe in 2013, but this has not been done.

He said failure to build a new police station led to a minimal number of officers on duty at the station, including late response to incidents by officers.

“Among other issues listed on the memorandum was that of late response of police officers after a crime has been reported. As the community of Gamalakhe we are not happy about that,” said Njakazi.

Other issues were that the South African Narcotics Bureau be brought back to deal specifically with drug-related matters in the community and that an investigation to be conducted on the issuing of tavern licensing by the liquor board.

Njakazi said the community also felt there is a need for sector policing in Gamalakhe.

Before the handover of the memorandum Reverend Gaveza of Gamalakhe Methodist church gave a message of support on behalf of Gamalakhe churches.

Gaveza said as local religious leaders they support the march because it shows unity within the community.

“I would like to thank this community for its good behaviour, in other communities tyres and government structures are burnt in order for the community to pass the message of dissatisfaction. Our community has proved that they are not rebellious and have proved to be a God- fearing community.”

Ugu speaker Sthembiso Cele read the memorandum to Margate Station Commander, Colonel Sipho Thabethe, who accepted it on behalf of SAPS minister, Nathi Nhleko, who was unable to make it on the day.

The community gave Nhleko 14 days to respond to demands.

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