Members of the Langa police station, together with their neighbourhood watch colleagues took to the streets on Thursday 10 December to raise awareness against the scourge of gender-based-violence (GBV).
Brandishing posters and placards denouncing GBV, members visited various hotspots cautioning people. The event marked the last day of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.
Langa police station spokesperson Capt Nondumiso Paul urged residents to report criminal activities in their communities. Through the event she said also wanted to interact and listen to people’s concerns in the area.
“The pamphlets are educating people about extortion, rape, women and children abuse, sexual offence and safety tips,” she said. “We need the community to share the information among themselves. We encourage people to report any wrong doing to the police.”
Paul cautioned residents against opportunistic criminals during the festive season.
“The walkabout is to sensitise the community about the serious crimes that are mostly happening during the festive season,” she said. “We know that people will go to Eastern Cape or holidays, and we urged them to request their neighbours to look after their houses.”
Paul called on home owners who will be going away to store their tools, such as spades and axes, safely. She said criminals often used those to conduct robberies.
Langa Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Khuthala Nyangiwe appealed to men in particular to protect their family members.
She said it is disturbing to hear stories of people being killed by close relatives. “We are saying enough is enough. Men must stand up and show their manhood,” she said.
Nyangiwe said every morning, as members of neighbourhood watch, they escort people to taxi ranks or bus stops to protect them against criminals. “We are appealing to the people to go in groups when they are going to bus stations or taxi rank in the morning to avoid being robbed,” she urged.
She highlighted robbery, drug abuse and house breaking as some of the main challenges in the community.
Taxi commuter Bulelani Mooi from Zone 25 described the walk about as a great initiative. He said people get robbed daily in Langa. “We need police visibility in our areas. And people must stop buying stolen goods,” he said.