Hanover Park residents call for police station shake-up

Hanover Park community members are calling for a shake-up at their local police station to quell gang violence.

FILE: Posters seen during a march in Hanover Park on 26 August 2017, arranged by the Civic Association. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Hanover Park community members are calling for a shake-up at their local police station to quell gang violence.

Dozens of residents held a march on Saturday to draw attention to the problem.

It’s not the first time they’ve taken to the streets, but they’re hoping this time their message will stick.

The Hanover Park Civic Association’s Igshaan Nazier says they’ve been raising the issue of poor policing with various entities, including Community Safety MEC Dan Plato, but nothing has changed.

“SA Police Service officers are nowhere to be found in our community. They only come out when there are killings, that’s not protection. They’re supposed to serve and protect.”

The group stopped outside the church where the funeral of 16-year old Octavia Johannessen was being held.

The teenager died after being struck by a bullet from a suspected gang shootout.

A memorandum has been handed over at the Philippi Police Station.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)