CT residents march to Parliament over inadequate police resources

Civic groups, the SJC and Equal Education, along with the Nyanga CPF want Parliament’s police committee to fulfil its role in overseeing a revision of the way police resources are allocated.

FILE: Members and supporters of Equal Education and Social Justice Coalition marching to Parliament. They want Parliament’s police committee to fulfill its role in overseeing a revision of the way police resources are allocated. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents from across Cape Town are demonstrating for more police resources in areas with high crime rates.

Civic groups, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and Equal Education, along with the Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF) want Parliament’s police committee to fulfil its role in overseeing a revision of the way police resources are allocated.

The groups are facing the Police Minister and acting National Police Commissioner in court next week over the issue that’s been coming on since last year.

Dozens of residents from different informal settlements across Cape Town have marched to Parliament.

Marchers, like Zingisa Mrwebi, who lives in Khayelitsha, want to see more officers in their areas.

“Crime is rife in Khayelitsha... people are robbed, and women raped.”

The SJC’s Dalli Weyers says they're handing a letter to the committee on Wednesday to highlight how many police officers are allocated to the 1,144 precincts across the country.

“The fact that we have that data and are able to hand it to the portfolio committee today means that they can start playing an oversight role on the issue of police resources.”

A colourful 3D graph is set up in front of Parliament to show the disparity between murder rates and police resources in areas like Nyanga, where the murder rate is significantly higher than the number of officers.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)