City of Cape Town responds to safety concerns after surfer brutally murdered

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith responds to safety concerns after a Scarborough resident and surfer was hijacked in Witsands and murdered last week.

Smith says it doesn't help for residents to direct their anger at the City as some of the concerns raised fall under the South African Police Services mandate.

Read: Brutal murder of Cape surfer leaves coastal community in shock

I think people fail to make a distinction between Saps and Metro police. We don't get access to the crime stats.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

We can't help it if Saps are the only people these crimes are reported to and they don't share that intel with us.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

It is not easy for us to commit sustained enforcement on a spot as it is for Saps at a local station.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

Smith says Saps has lost about 4500 members in the last five years and premier-elect Alan Winde will be taking a legal route to try and force government to bring those members back.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Pope's new rules on reporting sexual abuse - 'a massive step forward'

Pope's new rules on reporting sexual abuse - 'a massive step forward'

Cape Town archbishop Stephen Breslin on the law's implications for the Roman Catholic Church and how it will affect South Africa.

Is it time to scrutinse the IEC and our voting system more closely?

Is it time to scrutinse the IEC and our voting system more closely?

Journalist and author Mandy Wiener looks at the pros and cons of going digital for future elections.

6 things to watch post-election, considering your investments in South Africa

6 things to watch post-election, considering your investments in South Africa

Personal finance guru Warren Ingram has a beady eye on the following things, and he’s ready to adjust his strategy accordingly.

Voting runs smoothly in KwaZulu-Natal following service delivery protests - Cele

Voting runs smoothly in KwaZulu-Natal following service delivery protests - Cele

The police minister visited 15 voting stations in the province identified as high-risk areas.

Police keeping Siqalo informal settlement under watch

Police keeping Siqalo informal settlement under watch

Several roads closed in the area because of the demonstration but have since been re-opened.

Oops... City of Cape Town won't accept dash cam footage

Oops... City of Cape Town won't accept dash cam footage

JP Smith says officers must record the evidence themselves.

Police search for suspect in Bo-Kaap French student stabbing

Police search for suspect in Bo-Kaap French student stabbing

The Cape's heritage site has recently been marred by a series of attacks and muggings.

Full marks for teacher who nurtured a love for chemistry and physics

Full marks for teacher who nurtured a love for chemistry and physics

William Smith, who was awarded the Order of the Baobab in Silver this week, joins Azania in the studio for the Friday Profile.

Popular articles
Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Standard Bank says comedy of errors with bond applicant 'a once off'

Only when consumer journalist Wendy Knowler chased Standard Bank did they admit wrongdoing that cost a client R41 000.

Dozens of families evicted from Kraaifontein farm

Dozens of families evicted from Kraaifontein farm

Plass senior researcher Dr Farai Mtero explains what the law says about evictions.

Land Claims Court ruling: 'Jubilation when judgment was handed down'

Land Claims Court ruling: 'Jubilation when judgment was handed down'

Association of Rural Advancement director Laurel Oettle praises ruling by ConCourt to uphold move to appoint a special master.

'He said the patient is still inaccessible and there is a lion on the loose

'He said the patient is still inaccessible and there is a lion on the loose

Best Care Paramedics spokesperson Xander Loubser recounts the incident where a 70-year-old man was killed by a lion in Pretoria.

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

The inspiring South African choirU2's Beautiful Day at America's Got Talent quarter-finals.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

The reason for the leakage has been revealed, explains Table Mountain Aerial Cableway MD Wahida Parker.

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says private security working with the department is helping curb the stonings on the highway.

Were missing SA men victims of Vietnamese organ harvesting syndicate?

Were missing SA men victims of Vietnamese organ harvesting syndicate?

Gift of the Givers fears two South African men who went missing in Vietnam may have fallen prey to an organ harvesting syndicate.