Cosatu call against crime


FOL­LOW­ING sev­eral peace­ful marches in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties to high­light the scourge of gang vi­o­lence, a na­tional shut­down is be­ing planned.

A day af­ter the na­tional crime sta­tis­tics were re­leased, which painted a grim pic­ture of a na­tion in the grip of crime, res­i­dents from Bishop Lavis and Elsies River held peace­ful marches at sev­eral spots in their neigh­bour­hoods to show their anger. Bon­te­heuwel, Kens­ing­ton and Fac­tre­ton held sim­i­lar marches.

Now, Cosatu is call­ing for a mass shut­down on Oc­to­ber 3 to force the gov­ern­ment to put an end to crime and gang vi­o­lence.

At a press brief­ing yes­ter­day, Cosatu, along with other civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions out­lined their plans for the mass shut­down. Cosatu pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Malvern de Bruyn said they would be in unity and sol­i­dar­ity with frus­trated com­mu­ni­ties.

“This is born out of des­per­a­tion for the de­clin­ing safety sit­u­a­tion in the prov­ince as been shown by the re­cently re­leased an­nual crime sta­tis­tics,” he said.

The founder of the United Pub­lic Safety Front, John Cloete said: “We want the gov­ern­ment to re­alise how se­ri­ous the is­sue of gang­ster­ism is af­fect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.” Cloete said the gov­ern­ment was fail­ing.

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