Westlake leaders vow to eradicate crime

Residents marched to the police station in protest against an increase in crime.

Westlake residents protesting outside the Kirstenhof Police Station. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Westlake community leaders have vowed to do everything in their power to rid the area of violent crime.

More than 100 residents marched to the Kirstenhof police station earlier today in protest against an apparent increase in crime in the community.

#Demonstration Police guarding the entrance to Kirstenhof police station as residents chant on the pavement. LI pic.twitter.com/MN04w4vqgg

They say they've had enough of murderers, rapists, robbers and drug dealers who are holding them hostage in their own community.

Westlake community leader Vusumzi Nelani says the SAPS is turning a blind eye on the area which is desperate for intervention.

"How do [thugs] go around at night robbing and killing our people? You must be brought to book with immediate effect. I want all the thugs and 'skollies' to be removed from our community."

Kirstenhof station commander June Cilliers accepted a memorandum with a list of demands.

#Demonstration Residents say crime levels have escalated. They say police are doing nothing to help them. LI pic.twitter.com/oSALSPRK0H

"I have received the memorandum from the people of Westlake. We will be forwarding it to our cluster commander in Wynberg, who will forward it to the provincial commissioner in Cape Town."

Residents say they are desperate to rid the area of crime, but will not resort to mob justice, as has happened in Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek. They have scheduled a meeting with police this evening to discuss the apparent increase in violent crime.