Today, Thursday 19 July 2018, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, will lead thousands of Cape Town residents in a march to the Nyanga Police Station calling for the ANC national government to honour their commitment to deploy the army to crime-ridden communities in Cape Town. The failure of the ANC national government to do so is continuously putting the lives of residents at risk.
On Monday the latest victim of crime – a young father – was gunned down at the Eastridge Clinic in Mitchells Plain, just metres away from the nearest police station. Cape Town’s poorest and most vulnerable communities continue to live in constant fear of gangs and drug dealers, and the rampant crime which results from this activity.
Criminals and gangsters are running amok, as children are being gunned down in front of their houses, and drug dealers are becoming rich at the expense of our young people. Despite this, the ANC national government refuses to give them the police protection that our Constitution guarantees.
The DA has been calling on the ANC national government for years to fulfil its duty and protect its citizens, even if they live in areas not governed by them. The areas with the most unfair police resourcing all happen to be in a DA-run province and in a DA-run metro. This is no coincidence. The Western Cape and the City of Cape Town are deliberately under-resourced by the ANC national government.
Last year, then Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, officially and formally promised, on three separate occasions, that the army would be deployed to parts of Cape Town to assist the police in tackling crime. He said this would happen by Christmas of last year. But since then his successor, Bheki Cele, has completely backtracked on this promise.
The ANC must stop politicising policing and the protection of our people!
Thousands of residents will be marching to call on Police Minister, Bheki Cele, to #SendTheArmyNow to deal with the high crime rate, which the ANC-led national government has allowed to go unabated by strangling the province of much-needed police resources.
Maimane will be joined by DA Western Cape Provincial Leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela, DA National Spokesperson, Solly Malatsi, DA Shadow Minister of Police, Zakhele Mbhele, Western Cape MEC for Community Safety, Dan Plato, and Cape Metro Chairperson, Grant Twigg.
Details of the march are as follows:
Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
Meeting Point: Manenberg Police Station, Klipfontein Road, Manenberg, Cape Town
End Point: Nyanga Police Station, N311 Ntlangano Crescent, Nyanga, Cape Town