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Community march over crime

Community members marched to the Khutsong police station to hand over a memorandum to the station commander on Monday, 19 June. The participants expressed their concern about the spiralling crime levels in the township. These include the increase in gender-based violence and child abuse, the dramatic increase in the killing of women and the abduction …

Community members marched to the Khutsong police station to hand over a memorandum to the station commander on Monday, 19 June. The participants expressed their concern about the spiralling crime levels
in the township. These include the increase in gender-based violence and child abuse, the dramatic increase in
the killing of women and the abduction of children, physical and emotional abuse and rape. The community is begging the SAPS to work closely with them to fight crime. There has been a proliferation of drugs and illegal drug dens in the community. The protesters accused the police of taking bribes from offenders and being in possession of information about drug dealers, yet failing to take action against them. They voiced their grievances about the drug, nyaope, and the associated gangsterism and housebreaking. They want all the drug dens to be shut down immediately and all drug dealers arrested and prosecuted In addition, the community is calling on the prosecuting authority to deny bail to all suspects in gender-based violence cases. They want the Department of Social  Development to provide safe houses for victims and the government to provide recreational services, skills development and work opportunities for young people. Another demand is for programmes that empower men to be responsible citizens.

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