On Wednesday,The minister of the Police, Bheki Cele visited Mamelodi and Mabopane together with the Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko and Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela to address the issue of political violence and killings taking place in Tshwane, this is after a Tshwane ward councillor was murdered a week ago. The minister also granted residents an opportunity to raise their grievances in regard of police services.

Gender-based violence-related crimes were raised by most residence, some spoke out about their security concerns following the murder of a ward councilor in Minister Cele promised residents that politicians using criminals to influence the democratic process cannot and will not be tolerated.

The community engagement also saw residents call on the police to bring service to them. A mobile police station in the Kopanong area has now been opened following the Imbizo. This station will service the growing informal settlement along with the existing police station in Mamelodi East.

“We are coming back here to use the approach of KZN, creating special teams that will be multi disciplinary teams of all other elements to make sure that this place is cleaned. There is emerging of criminality and politics that are taking place here, we are even told that there people put there by criminal syndicates to work  on their behalf as candidates and motivated by political crimes” Cele said.

Silvia Motaung said that “ The insufficiency of police vehicles is a huge frustrating challenge because when people needed help police had to wait for another vehicle to be available after a long time.”

By: Mbali Mabena & Nthabiseng Makhubela

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