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Parly calls for better communication in tense communities

This follows incidents violence in Pretoria West and Rosettenville, where locals torched or damaged suspected brothels and drug dens because of police inaction.

Back rooms of a house in Pretoria West where foreign nationals stay and that were vandalised. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Parliament’s police committee has called on officers to foster stronger communication links with the communities they serve.

The committee was responding to recent incidents of violence in Pretoria West and Rosettenville, where locals torched or damaged suspected brothels and drug dens because of police inaction.

Committee chair Francois Beukman says community complaints must be addressed immediately by police.

“There shouldn’t be a situation where people complain about crimes and misconduct and it’s not addressed. It would be vital that police must ensure that those complaints are followed, and there’s feedback to the people.”

WATCH: Rosettenville on a knife edge over drugs and brothels in the area

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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