CPF fights to get police’s ear
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.