Gen­tle­men, time to lose the blink­ers

Cape Argus - - METRO - ADIEL IS­MAIL Mount View

GARY James in Cape Argus, Jan­uary 8, should un­der­stand that this mat­ter has run its course and read­ers should not be sub­jected to his my­opic and ill-in­formed view.

He should also make sure of his facts be­fore shar­ing these with the pub­lic. He should not be so quick to blame the na­tional gov­ern­ment for the ap­par­ent skewed po­lice to­tals ob­served at var­i­ous Cape Town po­lice sta­tions.

He should also en­lighten him­self by read­ing https://www.groundup.org.za/ar­ti­cle/camps-bay-has-887po­lice-of­fi­cers-100000-peo­plenyanga-has-161-why/. He will then re­alise that the in­abil­ity of the DA-led provin­cial gov­ern­ment has re­sulted in 1.39 po­lice of­fi­cers for ev­ery 1 000 peo­ple in Harare in 2017 and 1.61 per 1 000 peo­ple in Nyanga.

How­ever, in Sea Point and Camps Bay the fig­ures are 6.49 and 8.87 per 1 000 peo­ple, re­spec­tively. Why does the DA not re­al­lo­cate of­fi­cers in ex­cess at these po­lice sta­tions to Nyanga or Harare?

Mov­ing 33 of­fi­cers to Nyanga from Camps Bay, will still al­low the lat­ter to stay within the na­tional av­er­age ra­tio of po­lice of­fi­cer to pop­u­la­tion.

Think­ing out of the box can go a long way to ad­dress the polic­ing prob­lem if the DA gov­ern­ment re­gards the lives of the poor just as im­por­tant as that of the wealthy.

Fur­ther, I men­tioned Rusten­burg as an ex­am­ple of a non-trans­formed school due to the in­ci­dent that made the front pages of news­pa­pers re­cently. Other schools in­clude SACS and Ron­de­bosch.

Gary’s claim that the Western Cape is the best run prov­ince in the coun­try does not jus­tify the fact that the DA has mis-al­lo­cated re­sources of the prov­ince to ben­e­fit the for­mer white ar­eas as proven by sta­tis­tics.

Last, I trust that 2019 will usher in a year that will en­able Gary to shed his blink­ers and open his mind to facts.

This con­cludes this mat­ter. Keith Reeves (Cape Argus, Jan­uary 10) in re­sponse to my let­ter claims that there are no booms in Cape Town. In my let­ter I pointed out two booms, one in Llan­dudno and an­other in Longk­loof Road, Hout Bay.

Be­fore putting pen to paper, Keith should have ver­i­fied my state­ment. Clearly he is not com­fort­able with tech­nol­ogy, oth­er­wise he would have used the Streetmap fea­ture of Google Maps and he would have seen the booms in Longk­loof Road.

Also, I am not blind to my mas­ters as shown by my let­ter in Cape Argus “Some South Africans are more equal than oth­ers”, avail­able on pressreader.com.

Keith should fol­low his own ad­vice and not be blinded by facts. In this let­ter I have proven in­dis­putably that Keith can­not dis­tin­guish fact from opin­ion.

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