Some­one must be re­spon­si­ble

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tom Lambe

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

Oak­dene

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