Community stands against crime

Taking a stand against the rise of crime in town, local farmers and community members took part in a peaceful march on Friday to voice their concerns.

Led by DA councillor, Alta de Kock, these residents drove through town in convoy from Cecil Emmett Hall to the Klipkerk where they presented a memorandum to the local SAPS as well as the Public Safety Department.

Issues raised in the memorandum included how members of the public were currently feeling unsafe in the streets of Vryheid and how they were calling out to the police to take action against crime.

“Reports of eight cellphones and five handbags being stolen in one morning in town show that there is a lack of visibility in terms of SAPS and the public safety officers in the streets of Vryheid,” read Cllr de Kock from the memorandum.

Cllr de Kock said that despite being aware of how the police have limited resources, the community still expects to feel protected.

She also spoke of how the speaker, Michael Khumalo informed her that the murder of the farmer, Bokkie Potgieter, was the 5th one that has occurred in his area within the past few years.

“We need to know that our men and women in blue are fighting crime with adequate officers. After I was mugged I went to the police station to open a case, the police station was so full of people with affidavits that after 10 minutes of waiting I gave up and decided to go home,” she said.

Addressing the community members, AbaQulusi’s mayor, Cllr Jerry Sibiya, said that all members of the public deserve to be protected.

“What is happening in Vryheid and South Africa at large is uncalled for,” the mayor said in reference to the rise in the number of farm attacks.

The mayor went on to say that, as a municipality, they condemn the killing of farmers throughout the country.
In conclusion, the mayor encouraged community members to stand together to fight crime.

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