Soshanguve residents appeal to Ramaphosa to deal with crime

2016-06-09 18:41
ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa interacting with residents of Soshanguve  (Karabo Ngoepe)

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa interacting with residents of Soshanguve (Karabo Ngoepe)

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Pretoria - Residents of Block Y in Soshanguve have appealed to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to deal with the rampant crime that is ravaging the community.

"There are a lot of criminals. From 19:00 we are forced to be indoors. Our kids can't even go to the WiFi hotspots in the area because they get mugged at gunpoint," resident Lesego Motshegoa said.

"They have guns and are always shooting. We reported the matter to police, but the criminals are released shortly after their arrests."

Motshegoa said they were also struggling with unemployment, which she believed was contributing to the high levels of crime.

"We appeal to government to assist us to deal with the issue of crime. Any house that has a plasma TV gets broken into," she said.

Ramaphosa told residents about the importance of community activism in dealing with crime. He urged them to get involved in their local community policing forum to deal with the challenges they face with criminals being released shortly after arrest.

"It's the people themselves that need to be active and participate in community policing forums and make sure they work with the police so that we can root out crime," he said.

Elina Mashale, who sells fruit in the area to support her family of four, pleaded with Ramaphosa to assist with job opportunities.

Ramaphosa assured her that government was working towards creating more jobs despite the slow growth of the economy.

"We were able to assure them that we are working very hard in terms of turning the economy around so that it can produce jobs," he said about his exchanges with community members. "We have their needs and aspirations at heart and the government will do everything possible to ensure we realise them."

Ramaphosa added that he was pleased with his door-to-door visit, as many of the people he spoke to indicated they were ready for the elections.

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