JOHANNESBURG – The residents of Rosettenville on Monday opposed the hotline suggestion made by the Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange to fight crime in the area.
De Lange, Gauteng Department of Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, conducted site visits to all the houses that were torched in Rosettenville over the past weekend.
De Lange said the hotline would be a quick and effective method to report crime in the area.
“Because you say nearby police are corrupt, I believe the hotline will be very effective in reporting all the illegal activities taking place in Rosettenville. If not, I will give you my personal phone numbers where you can directly phone me,” said De Lange.
However, residents opposed the suggestion stating that the President Jacob Zuma had implemented one before which was not effective.
Gigaba condemned the violence and hate speech towards foreign nationals in the area. He suggested that residents give officials the house numbers of people suspected to occupy the houses illegally.
“In order to deal with all the house hijackings in this area, we will have to do house audits in that way we will know who is occupying what house,” said Gigaba.
“What happened here wouldn’t have happened if the government was effective, we hear all these issues about corruption within the government. It is time we fix our government as well.”
Over the weekend, four houses believed to be brothels were set alight, allegedly by angry community members. Community leaders this week called for brothels to be closed down and “drug dens” to be destroyed.
A protester who declined to be named claimed police shot at “peaceful” demonstrators on Saturday. “The very same people who are meant to protect us are the very same people who protect criminals,” he said.
Police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele said: “The police came to disperse the people who were illegally gathered. They used rubber bullets and no one was injured.”
– African News Agency (ANA)