‘ Po­lice and Makana must act‘


A meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Makana Anti-Xeno­pho­bia Con­cerned Group this week called for broader and quicker com­mu­ni­ca­tion in deal­ing with the re­cent spate of xeno­pho­bic loot­ing in Makana.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing at the Masi­funde Ed­u­ca­tion and De­vel­op­ment Project Trust, Unemployed Peo­ples Move­ment leader Ayanda Kota said the po­lice and Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity had failed to stop the xeno­pho­bic at­tacks.

Kota said po­lice lacked ur­gency in deal­ing with the mat­ter from the onset.

Kota in­sisted that be­fore the at­tacks hap­pened, he had gone to the po­lice and re­ported that ru­mours that were go­ing around ac­cus­ing for­eign­ers of be­ing in­volved in crime in Gra­ham­stown.

Kota said he had warned the po­lice in a meet­ing on 30 Septem­ber that the ru­mours had the po­ten­tial to es­ca­late into xeno­pho­bic at­tacks. But he said the po­lice still hadn't lis­tened to him.

Kota said in that meet­ing the is­sue of crime must be ac­knowl­edged, in­clud­ing the re­cent mur­ders in the past few months. “The is­sue of loot­ing must also be con­demned,” Kota said. Women who spoke at the meet­ing said they were suf­fer­ing now that their hus­bands were no longer run­ning their busi­nesses.

They said, to­day, Fri­day 30 Oc­to­ber, at 1pm they would or­gan­ise a silent protest to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the po­lice sta­tion and urge as­sis­tance in the mat­ter.

They also ac­cused the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the po­lice of fail­ing to per­form their jobs prop­erly.

The women said what was needed was for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the po­lice to visit the com­mu­ni­ties and make it clear that the ru­mours were not true. They said this was the only way to calm down the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

Photo: Anele Mjekula

Coun­cil­lor Mab­huti

Matyumza and UPM leader Ayanda

Kota speak on a show at Ra­dio Gra­ham­stown.

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