Cape Flats communities want the next mayor to hear their security issues before taking action

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The greatest wish of activists we have spoken to among those who live in some of the crime-ridden Cape Flats neighbourhoods, is to be heard by whoever is elected the next mayor of Cape Town.

“If we had input we’d tell them that crime isn’t the root of the problem. Poverty and lack of education, which forces youth into gangs, are the real problems,” Johaar said.

He says his greatest wish is for the next mayor and intake of councillors to tackle the issue in tandem with the provincial Department of Social Development and the law enforcement agencies. “We’d like to see the next mayor and their councillors listen to the people’s plight before they start taking action to try and sort out problems,” said Jonkers.

DA mayoral candidate Geordin Hill-Lewis said: “We need to devolve more policing funding from the national government to the City, starting with the R1.7 billion VIP protection budget. We should cut that in half, and give the other half to the City to grow the metro police force.Western Cape ANC elections deputy head Nomi Nkondlo said: “For the longest of times we have maintained that crime is not a police-only responsibility – the municipalities have an important role to play.

 

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