Someone must be responsible
I’M A member of Suburbs Sports Bowls Club, which shares a car park entrance with Southern Suburbs Swimming Pools.
Last Monday there were huge numbers of people using the swimming pools, which was understandable given that it was a hot day and a public holiday.
There is nobody allocated by Joburg Municipality to control the parking for the pool area, and thus people parked wherever they wished, regardless of the parking lines and yellow-line areas.
I telephoned the Moffat View SAPS in the morning and told them there was a huge probability of a fight breaking out among the irate drivers who were trying to get in and out, through the mass confusion.
After an hour, and two fights later, one SAPS van arrived with a sergeant and a constable.
I invited them to park in the Bowls Club parking for the safety of their vehicle.
They took one look at the confusion in the parking area and said words to the effect of “what do you want us to do?” and promptly drove away.
If it is not part of the duty of the SAPS to sort out disputes among members of the public, who could end up seriously injured, then who’s duty is it?
Are we to allow riot and fighting with no organisation responsible? Why pay a police force which does not carry out the duties allocated to it? I suspect that no answer will ever be coming from the SAPS.
I fully understand that the chaos is caused by inconsiderate drivers parking without any thought for others, but surely in such situations somebody must assume responsibility to bring an end to the problem?
Why pay a police force which does not carry out the duties allocated