13 March 2015
Western Cape MEC of Community
Safety Dan Plato has welcomed the stopping of issuing of the controversial
green card saga in Worcester by Provincial Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.
A report last week alleges
that gardeners in Worcester have to apply for a green card in order for them to
be eligible to apply for work in certain neighbourhoods in the area.
Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said “the
move to stop the issuing of the cards follows the request from Minister Plato
through Lieutenant General Lamoer on urgent investigation to the matter and
show that police are serious about correcting consequences of the controversial
police sector initiative.
However media reports states that National
Commissioner General Riah Phiyega admitted yesterday that police had been aware of the use of the cards
for a while, which raises a serious questions of why such management did not act earlier ton
put a stop in this practise, Botha added.
Meanwhile the African National
Congress Youth League has condemned this in the strongest possible terms.
ANC Youth League Provincial Chairperson
Muhammad Khalid said this incident shows that the province remains racially
Khalid says this smacks of apartheid racism it
shows that even though it might not be legislative, racism is still alive and
kicking in the Western Cape.
We have often be criticised as
the Youth League for raising issues of race by constantly saying that black
people in this province need to take destiny in their own hands, need to ask
serious questions about race, Khalid added.
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