CPF fights to get po­lice’s ear

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MICHAEL NKALANE

THE NYANGA Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum (CPF), the So­cial Jus­tice Coali­tion (SJC) and Equal Ed­u­ca­tion (EE) say the po­lice are de­fy­ing a court or­der by not re­spond­ing to the CPF’s af­fi­davit sub­mit­ted along with the ap­pli­ca­tion for in­clu­sion in the al­lo­ca­tion of po­lice re­sources.

The Equal­ity Court ruled in Septem­ber in favour of the Nyanga CPF and gave it the right to in­ter­vene as a third ap­pli­cant in a case launched by the SJC and EE on al­lo­ca­tion of po­lice re­sources.

The CPF was or­dered to file an af­fi­davit by Oc­to­ber 10, fail­ing which the or­der granted the ap­pli­cant leave to in­ter­vene in the main ap­pli­ca­tion as the third ap­pli­cant would lapse.

Nyanga CPF chair­per­son Mar­tin Makhasi said af­ter they filed the af­fi­davit, the court or­dered the re­spon­dents, the po­lice min­is­ter, and the na­tional and pro­vin­cial com­mis­sion­ers to re­spond by Novem­ber 30. He said they did not com­ply and were or­dered to re­spond again on De­cem­ber 15. “Un­til to­day they have not re­sponded. I do not know if they are de­fy­ing the court or­der or are just spit­ting at us. Eq­ui­table al­lo­ca­tion of po­lice re­sources will de­crease crime in Nyanga and there­fore we will re­lin­quish this in­fa­mous ti­tle of be­ing the coun­try’s crime hotspot,” he said.

Makhasi said the po­lice may not be re­spond­ing be­cause they have no an­swers to their af­fi­davit. “We want them to ex­plain why we (the CPF) should not be in­cluded in the al­lo­ca­tion of po­lice re­sources,” he said.

SJC safety and se­cu­rity head Chu­mile Sali said the Nyanga CPF, as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­mu­nity, was in a po­si­tion to pro­vide a court with valu­able ev­i­dence about the im­pact of the lack of re­sources on safety and jus­tice in one of the worst af­fected ar­eas in South Africa.

While queries were sent, the po­lice did not re­spond by the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

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