A temporary sense of calm has been restored to Ocean View since six people were arrested earlier this week in relation to a series of shocking murders that have hit the area. Reports have highlighted seven killings within the space of a week prior to the arrests, although the violence has seemingly subsided since.
With the holiday season in full swing and residents still concerned over the safety of the areas youth, a meeting was held on Thursday to address ways to address the issue. The area’s CPF, SAPS, Metro Police and community members were all in attendance.
Kathy Cronje, chairperson of the Ocean View CPF said the meeting sought to uncover ways to combat crime in the area and keep children off the street.
“There are holiday programmes being run through the churches. Basically we need educational programmes, sporting facilities and other things for the kids to be doing, other than roaming around the streets,” she stressed.
The City of Cape Town was also present at the meeting and according to Cronje, the community voiced their displeasure over a lack of visible policing, accusing the City of failing to do its job in ensuring residents safety.
“Housing has failed, social development has failed, the justice has failed and a lot of different organisations have failed Ocean View otherwise they wouldn’t be in the mess they are in they are now,” she stated.
While accusations were thrown at the City, the police and other present entities, Cronje stressed that the meeting had no political undertone whatsoever.
In addition all parties had made resolutions to help address the crime issue.
“There was a massive undertaking by SAPS. What was interesting to see is that the whole hall was full and about 15 or 16 members in attendance last night and it was a fantastic to see,” she said, praising the turnout of the police force.
The suspects behind the murders made a court appearance on Thursday and the case was remanded for a bail hearing on the 28th December. VOC