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Fed-up Nyanga residents to stage sit-in

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Residents plan to stage a sit-in at the Nyanga police station in Cape Town on Freedom Day following a spate of bloodshed.

Earlier this week a grandmother, a teenager and an 8-year-old boy were killed in an apparent gang retaliation attack in the area.

“For us to be known as the murder capital is not good,” Nyanga community police forum secretary Dumisani Qwebe told News24 on Friday.

“Within 36 hours, nine people have been shot. We want answers from the provincial police commissioner [Lieutenant General Khombinkosi] Jula and others.”

Qwebe said they received a disappointing response from Jula at the Nyanga cluster imbizo on Monday.

About 600 residents who attended the imbizo were told that a fully-fledged police station was on the cards for the Brown’s Farm area, according to Lieutenant Colonel Norman Joseph.

Provincial police management were looking for a site on which to build the station, which would support the Nyanga station. It was deemed a long-term project.

Qwebe said they needed to know why it was taking so long to find land.

“We are expecting that residents will not leave the police station on Wednesday [Freedom Day, April 27] until there is a proper answer on the Brown’s Farm station.”

“We also want answers on the number of officers at Nyanga. They say there are 293, but physically we have never seen them.”

[Source: News24]
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