Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the residents of Westbury, Riverlea and Diepsloot are living in fear for their lives due to ongoing gun violence, yet the police are not doing enough to protect them and fight crime due to severe shortages of resources
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety Crezane Bosch said in Westbury, pastors are now being targeted by gangsters because they are taking a stand to protect their community. “In one of the churches, there are posters in front of the church gate allegedly from the gang members threatening to shoot the church leader”.
Bosch added that the safety of all Gauteng residents is of utmost importance to the DA, hence they demand that the Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesufi, must urgently engage with the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, “to ensure that police stations servicing Westbury, Riverlea and Diepsloot are adequately equipped with resources to fight crime and ensure the safety of the residents”.
The police stations in these three areas are facing a severe shortage of human resources, vehicles, and equipment.
In the last three months, more than 40 people have been killed in rogue shooting incidents due to gangsterism in these areas.