Residents march against crime and service delivery

MOUTSE – Dozens of Moutse community members marched to Dennilton police station recently to hand over a memorandum of demands to Limpopo MEC for Safety and Security.

The residents were complaining about the high rate of crime including housebreakings, vehicle and cable theft prevalent in the area.

According to community members, a number of cases were opened with the police but perpetrators were not arrested.

In the memorandum that was handed over to senior officials at the station, residents demanded more police visibility in the evenings.

Residents further demanded an inspection of foreign nationals owned shops, claiming that some of the goods they are selling were expired.

They added that a number of cases that were opened with the police were concerned that they were not attended.

Oupa Motau, a community leader, said: “We are concerned that a majority of people who unlawfully occupied OR Tambo RDP houses are there while the rightful owners remain houseless, leaving in shacks and dilapidated houses.”

Motau said the residents demanded all vehicle keys should remain in the local police station to deal with shortage of police vehicles for night shift officers.

“We are sick and tired of the high rate of crime in the villages. We are not safe anymore. We want more police visibility to be able to respond to the challenge speedily. Taxi patrols in the area should also should also be looked at as they victimize members of the community Suggestion boxes should also be availed in the police station as other are afraid to speak about criminal activities they experience in public,” concluded Motau.

Thapelo Motseo

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