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Mitchells Plain discuss poor policing

Mitchells Plain residents met with Pagad to discuss police inefficiencies in the community.

Mitchells Plain residents met with Pagad to discuss police inefficiencies in the community. Picture:EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some Mitchells Plain residents have voiced their concerns at poor policing in their community.

Anti-crime group People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) held a meeting in Freedom Park on Sunday, where some residents accused the local South African Police Service (Saps) of failing to deal effectively with crime in the area.

Enraged residents, who gathered at the Freedom Park Community Hall, say there's been a spike in gangsterism and substance abuse in their community.

One resident says police are not doing enough to curb the problem.

"For me, it's like the police are with the gangsters because we'll make a case, nothing comes from the case and the papers get lost."

Residents say that when they do report criminal activities, the police don't respond immediately or fail to bring criminals to book.

They have called for an increase in police visibility in the area.

Another meeting is expected to be held in Freedom Park on Thursday evening.

Pagad has vowed to assist the Mitchells Plain community in curbing crime.

The anti-crime group's Mogammad Kieraan says residents are desperate for effective measures to push down offences like drug dealing.

"The police's effectiveness has been challenged in the past; it's being challenged now again. The community says they know where the merchants are, they say the police are aware of this and the police have not done anything constructive about it. And the ones is 'If you're not going to do anything about this then we will.'"