Western Cape MEC of Community
Safety, Dan Plato, in his report yesterday says a lack of trust in the police
and the criminal justice system and the perception that some officers are
corrupt, were some of the safety needs and key points highlighted in the 2015-2016 Provincial Policing Needs
and Priorities report.
The report presented by Plato is the Western
Cape department of Community Safety’s official submission to national Police
Minister Nathi Nhleko.
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman,
expressed serious concern about the state of community safety in Chicago
Township in Paarl East, Western Cape.
During his constituency work
yesterday and subsequent briefing by community leaders and councillors, it came
to the fore that people in Chicago were living in fear in light of the ongoing fights
between rival teenage gangs in the community.
Beukman says Although the root of the problem
could be directly linked to the socio-economic conditions in the area, the
police still needed more resources in order to root out all acts of criminality
and elements of public disorder.
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