SJC stages picket in CT over policing in crime hot spots

The Social Justice Coalition believes criminal activity will be addressed if more police resources are placed in affected areas.

Members of the Social Justice Coalition stage a picket outside the police headquarters in Cape Town on 23 January 2017. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has called for police officers to be redistributed to crime hot spots across the country.

The SJC staged a picket outside the police headquarters in Cape Town on Monday, where a memorandum of demands was handed over.

The organisation, along with Equal Education and other parties, took the South African Police Service (SAPS) to court last year over its apparent failure to address staff shortages in poorer communities.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and SAPS management have, however, not yet responded to court papers.

The SJC's Chumile Sali says that police management is in contempt of court for failing to file responding papers in the Western Cape High Court.

This was supposed to have been done by the end of November.

Sali believes criminal activity will be addressed if more police resources are placed in affected areas.

The SJC says they'll continue to put pressure on police management until the issues facing the poor are dealt with.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)