2017/02/08 Thembisa Shologu
MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi – Malobane has condemned acts of violence and damage to property in Rosettenville which occurred during the past weekend.
Community members went on a rampage setting fire to three homes and one tavern, properties belonging to alleged drug dealers and brothel owners in the area.
MEC Nkosi – Malobane said these acts of lawlessness during protest were criminal offences.
“It is a constitutional right for members of our communities to organize themselves and engage in a peaceful protest but once that right is violated by burning and vandalizing of properties it becomes a crime.
“Communities have avenues they can explore to raise their policing concerns instead of resorting to illegal and violent protests,” said MEC Nkosi – Malobane.
Nkosi – Malobane urged communities to raise their concerns with the local Community Policing Forum (CPF), the Cluster Commander or lay a complaint to the department’s complaints division so that the matter can be investigated and resolved.
The MEC will soon meet with community leadership to understand their frustration and to map the way forward.