By Mark Wiley MPP, DA Chief Whip in the WCPP:
It is blatantly obvious that the National Government is under-resourcing the SAPS in the Western Cape, who do not have the capacity to meet the policing needs in the province.
This is at the heart of the violence that has been tormenting the Masipumelele community. The community is plagued by mob-violence following the inability of the already under-resourced Ocean View police station, to adequately police the community.
I reiterate the call I made on the Deputy Minister of Police, Maggie Sotyu, during her recent visit to the area, to set up a dedicated satellite police station for the Masipumelele community.
The City of Cape Town has made land available to the SAPS to set up a satellite police station. The land is adjacent to the Masipumelele community. As such, the SAPS can be in close range to deliver the much needed policing service.
Three people have been killed during the vigilante attacks. The victims of these attacks were accused of rape, drug dealing and of theft. The mob-killings are in response to the killing of death and rape of 14-year-old Amani Pula.
Thus far, 34 people have been arrested due to mob-violence. The SAPS must be congratulated for the manner in which they have responded to the serious state of affairs.
It is unfortunate that innocent civilians must be exposed to violence as a result of this wanton vigilantism. The violence has also meant that many of those living in Masipumelele cannot get to work to feed their families.