The Grassy Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) has lauded the work done by police in their effort to rid the neighbourhood of guns.
“The battle to rid our area of guns continues. It sometimes appears to be an endless battle but we are encouraged every time a gun is taken off our streets,” says Grassy Park CPF spokesperson Philip Bam.
Grassy Park’s crime prevention units confiscated a pistol with 12 rounds of live ammunition from a 16-year-old boy in Lotus River.
“We welcome this as an indication to the gangsters and those cowards who use children to do their dirty work that together the community and SAPS will take back our streets. Far too many children and youth have died or been injured in senseless shootings,” says Bam.
He urges the community to come forward with information on the whereabouts of guns in the area. “These guns are instruments of violence and death, traumatising our community. Support our police in making our area a safe place where our children can play and our senior citizens can live in peace.
“We call on the police to continue with a sustained programme to take the guns off the streets. The community in the Grassy Park police area will support you. We call on all institutions in the criminal justice system to recognise the severity of the situation. Bail should not be granted to gun wielders and shooters. A strong message must go out that the state will not allow our people to be traumatised any longer. The battle against gangsterism and drugs can only be won if we all stand together.”