MEC Dan Plato to ensure Mbalula keeps promises made in Elsies River

The Western Cape Community Safety MEC says he’ll hold the national government accountable following promises of improved policing in Elsies River.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says he’ll hold the national government accountable following promises of improved policing in Elsies River.

This comes after Police Minister Fikile Mbalula promised that policing will be improved in the area during a memorial service for three-year old Courtney Pieters.

President Jacob Zuma, who visited Courtney Pieters’ family earlier this week, also vowed to return to Elsies River to check on interventions by law enforcement to reduce crime.

Pieters, who’d been raped and murdered, was laid to rest on Saturday.

WATCH: President Zuma visits the family of Courtney Pieters

Plato says he’ll be following up with the minister on the promises he made, which include a satellite police station in Elsies River.

“That was my fight with the police all the years. I had noticed three or four years ago that the police are not as effective as they should be in the area. I think if all of us had responded much sooner in this case we could’ve found Courtney Pieters much sooner.”

WATCH: Mbalula promises Elsies River its own satellite police station

Mitchells Plain Crisis Forum’s Joanie Fredericks says safety groups will also be applying pressure on national government to keep to its word.

“I really think that this time things are going to change. You heard what the minister of police said, commitments were made publicly and we’re going to follow up on them. We’re going to ensure that we hold the president of this country and the minister of police accountable.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)