Police minister, SAPS accused of not caring about the poor

A local pressure group has accused the police minister & SAPS management of not caring about the safety & security of the poor.

FILE: An activist carry a placard he protests against policing in Khayelitsha. Picture: Ndifuna Ukwazi Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - A local pressure group has accused the police minister and South African Police Service (SAPS) management of not caring about the safety and security of poor people.

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) demonstrated in front of the provincial police headquarters in Green Point on Monday.

The organisation, along with another non-governmental organisation, took police bosses to court last year over their apparent failure to address staff shortages in poorer communities.

Khayelitsha resident Vuyelwa Mati was one of several locals who picketed in front of the SAPS headquarters, where the Social Justice Coalition handed over a memorandum of demands.

Mati says crime in the Harare township has escalated year-on-year.

She adds women are the most vulnerable targets in her community.

“It’s really hard to walk in the streets, maybe it could be you next time.”

The SJC has called on the Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to redistribute police resources to crime hot spots across the country.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)