There has been a dramatic escalation in gang related shootings in Ottery over the past few weeks, and speaking to VOC Breakfast Beat, Grassy Park CPF chairperson, Rev Philip Bam acknowledged that some of the violence has since spilled over into his area.
Reports have done the rounds via social media that five people were killed in a shootout at a shopping centre in Grassy Park over the weekend, while other messages have also suggested the area’s streets have become too unsafe to travel through. Bam however brushed off both claims as incorrect.
“There have been shootings in the area and people have heard volleys of shots going off sometimes, but the only people who were killed were about two weeks ago at the Ottery shopping centre,” he noted.
Bam said that while there was relative calm in Grassy Park at present, there was still an air of tension amongst residents.
“Where you have gangs you never know when the violence might flare up again. That is the situation at present,” he said.
There have been some allegations levelled from residents against the Grassy Park SAPS over poor response times, and Bam added his voice to the chorus of criticism against the local police forces.
“It is unfortunately an issue that hasn’t improved even though we are speaking almost on a daily basis with police on it. It’s not that there aren’t any resources; if you go to the police station now you will find massive numbers of vehicles parked there,” he claimed.
Bam said the CPF would be taking the matter up to the provincial police commissioner, asking for an investigation into the way the Grassy Park station was being run. VOC