SJC calls on police top brass to address escalating Cape Flats violence

The Social Justice Coalition on Wednesday occupied the offices of the Western Cape South African Police Service (Saps) Headquarters.

This is in response to at least six months of escalating violence on the Cape Flats that has claimed dozens of lives, the latest being the shooting of six anti-gang unit members in Samora Machel informal settlement.

Social Justice Coalition general secretary Axolile Notywala says it occupied the premises to pressure top officials to implement change.

Read: City of Cape Town responds to recent gang killings in Delft and Hanover Park

We haven't seen a sense of urgency from all different levels of government combined. They have been talking here and there in isolation and we are saying this needs a combined approach.

Axolile Notywala, General secretary - Social Justice Coalition

Notywala says what the province needs at the moment is a redistribution of the police to where the resources are most needed.

SJC took the province to court and it was found that there is discrimination in terms of the distribution of police services on the basis of race and poverty.

This means that predominantly white, rich areas who have very little rate of crime, have a huge amount of resources compared to areas like Nyanga and Khayelitsha.

Axolile Notywala, General secretary - Social Justice Coalition

In South Africa, there has never been a guideline for policing informal settlements, meaning that police have never been trained to police informal settlements.

Axolile Notywala, General secretary - Social Justice Coalition

It is only national government that can develop those guidelines for informal settlements, not only for the safety of the residents but also for the safety of Saps members.

Axolile Notywala, General secretary - Social Justice Coalition

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