WC CPF wants SAPS to activate 72-hr activation plan every time a child is killed

The Western Cape’s Community Police Board wants the South African Police Service (SAPS) to implement its 72-hour activation plan, every time an innocent child's life is taken.


The board was reacting to the killing of a 16-year-old girl, who was caught in a crossfire between rival gangs in Athlone, on Friday afternoon. A 20-year-old man was also killed in Canal Road.

"We are sickened that yet another innocent child's life has been taken due to the actions of criminals operating within the Province. This is unacceptable, and we demand immediate action to address this crisis,’’ said Justin Kumlehn, a member of the Western Cape Provincial Community Policing Forum.

‘’Furthermore, the Board urges all other law enforcement agencies to provide full support and assistance to SAPS in executing this plan, ensuring a coordinated and impactful response to these senseless killings. We need to break the back of the criminal enterprise operating within our province and causing the tragic deaths of innocent people, including our future generation,’’ he added.

Kumlehn says communities must stand united to fight the scourge.

‘’We will no longer be held captive and ransom by the criminals in our midst. The Board extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. While nothing can undo this tragedy, the Board hopes that the community's solidarity and support will provide some support structure for the family as we acknowledge the only real solace will be when the suspect is apprehended.’’


Done By: Mitchum George


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