The Strandfontein Community Police Forum (CPF) is calling on the public to join them for an urgent gathering in front of Strandfontein Police Station on Friday 01 March.
CPF chairperson Sandy Shuter says the gathering is a joint programme with the Victim Empowerment Unit and the community neighbourhood watch with an aim to remove the station commander.
“The community is tired. The CPF and all volunteer structures are ‘gatvol’, and this tells one that there is a problem taking place here.
“There are officers that were moved to other units because they can no longer work at this police station. Another officer resigned this week because he can’t work under the current leadership. All our good officers are leaving the station.
“This man needs to go. We will be at the police station on Friday night until they remove the station commander. We cannot have him in our community anymore.
“The provincial structure of the South African Police Services (SAPS) is protecting this man. This is a problem that no one is dealing with. This hinders service delivery to this community.”
Shuter explained that several murders took place in the community last year and that the police had not yet engaged with the community on the issue.
Earlier this year, residents under the leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters took (EFF) took to the streets to protest against crime in the area and demanded more police visibility among others.
The station commander David Molong promised to give a report on a plan of action to eliminate the scourge of gang violence and drugs in the area, but nothing has been reported to the community to date.
The community gathering will take place at 19:00 sharp in front of Strandfontein Police Station on the corner of Witsands and Spine Road. For more information call Sandy Shuter on 0719478294. Aishah Cassiem (Deen Times)