Plato, CPF do anti-crime blitz in Philippi

2016-04-28 20:06
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Cape Town - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato warned people that hurting or killing a police officer was a crime against the state, during an anti-crime walkabout in Philippi on Thursday.

"You are committing a crime against the state and you will be punished," said Plato, through a wireless microphone, with a huge sound system on a bakkie driving ahead of him.

Behind him, members of the KTC community policing forum handed out flyers with police contact numbers, and encouraged inquisitive residents to be their "eyes and ears on the ground".

Most of the people were courteous to Plato, the CPF women, and the convoy of police vans following him, but occasionally he was waved away angrily.

"Hamba," shouted one man from his front yard.

Plato urged residents to report all crimes to the police.

"There is a lot of robbery and rape here," he said, striding through streets packed with rundown houses and shacks as extensions.

Discarded water ran on to pavements and the cloying smell of faeces hung in the air.

Piles of dumped builders' rubble, that had already been stripped of anything reusable, dotted the main road to Philippi, historically a farming area and then a landing place for people leaving the the Eastern Cape during the apartheid era.

Philippi was found to be one of the worst affected areas for drug-related crime in the Western Cape according to police statistics for 2014/15, and according to Census 2011, there were 191 025 people living there. Of the households, 78% had a monthly income of R3 200 or less.

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