ANCYL wants more police patrols near shebeens

2016-12-05 19:12
ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela (Jenni Evans, News24)

ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) wants extra police patrols around taverns and shebeens to help prevent alcohol-fuelled violence.

This was the message from ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela after a meeting at Philippi police station on Monday, where the league dropped in for a visit and a show of support.

Settled in the boardroom of the police station, located down a dirt road behind the Philippi station, Philippi police officer Captain Elliot Sinyangana listened intently as Moela detailed concerns.

"You need to reinforce, so that you monitor these shebeens, patrol them," Moela said to Sinyangana.

The visit was part of the league's activities in remembrance of Nelson Mandela, a previous youth league president.

Crimes in communities often started at shebeens and taverns, and regular police patrols and monitoring would help stop them, Moela said.

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The police should start by cracking down on establishments that continue trading after the closing time stipulated on their licences, he added.

He planned to speak to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, also a former league president, and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, to ask them to develop programmes for bored unemployed youth in the area to try and steer them away from crime. 

The league was on a charm offensive on Monday, even though its president Collen Maine had to send apologies while he attended a party meeting in Johannesburg.

Maine and Moele were among the new league leaders elected in September 2015 when the youth movement finally regained its strength after a prolonged period of collapse sparked by the expulsion of its former president Julius Malema. Malema went on to form his own party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, and the league has had to claw its way back into the political space.

Sinyangana said the station benefits immensely from community participation and thanked the league for joining the growing group of civic-minded people in the community.

After the police station, the league delivered some rice and maize meal to startled resident Feziwe Gxotshiwe who lives in a quiet close in Nyanga. The mother of four blinked at the cameras snapping away in front of her as Moela asked how she was managing with four children to look after and no job.

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