South Africans are well into their fourth day of the 21-day national lockdown imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in a bid to curtail the spread of the ever-growing Covid-19 pandemic. Since the start of the lockdown, more than 600 people have been arrested for not adhering to the regulations put[…]
The Western Cape Department of Community Safety (DOCS) is at loggerheads with community police forums (CPFs) across the Western Cape due to the CPFs refusal to follow directives by the department. The CPFs are refusing to follow guidelines and directives issued by the department in relation to the election process[…]
Recently, Cape Town neighbourhoods have seen several attacks on neighbourhood watch (NHW) members in the Cape Flats. Over the past weekend, frustrated NHW members protested outside the Mitchells Plain police station after a female NHW member was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer – an allegation which has since[…]
By Tasneem Adams Lucinda Evans literally cried when she heard the news that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would be deployed to the gang-ridden streets of the Cape Flats. It’s a fight she and other community crime fighters have endured for years – one which fell on deaf[…]
By Rukaya Mosavel “Our children’s lives matter” and “The Cape Flats is a low-key war zone” were some of the emotive words written across placards held by community crime fighters today – an expression of the sheer frustration with the level of gang violence. Community Police Forums and Neighbourhood Watch[…]
By Tauhierah Salie The Community Police Forums in the Mitchells Plain Cluster have given National Police Commisioner Bheki Cele 48-hours to stabilize the Western Cape Police force, or face a shutdown of its provincial offices. CPF leaders from areas including, Lansdowne, Steenberg, Athlone, Phillipi and Strandfontein held an emergency press[…]
By Ra-ees Moerat With Hanover Park residents gripped by fear and a sense of helplessness, community members are set to stage a protest on Saturday August 26, 2017, against gang violence. Last week, 16-year-old pupil, Octavia Johannessen’s life was cut short when she was allegedly gunned down by gangsters in[…]
Residents in Phoenix, Milnerton, say they are facing serious policing issues. They attest that there is drug dealing and criminal activity happening on their doorsteps, but when the police are notified, they ask residents to provide “proof”. GroundUp has recently reported on residents’ concerns over lack of services in their[…]
Mitchells Plain cluster community policing forum (CPF) chairperson Hanif Loonat is being ousted from his position for allegedly being manipulative and threatening to tap the phones of other members. A letter, signed by members of eight Cape Flats community police forums, was written to Loonat on Wednesday calling for his[…]
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