by Harold McGluwa – DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson & Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
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Date: 02 February 2018
The DA condemns in the strongest sense the vicious attack on 70-year old Mrs Cynthia Chapman in her Herlear home in Kimberley yesterday morning.
Chapman, who is in a serious condition in Mediclinic Gariep, was severely assaulted after she turned to fetch food for someone who knocked on her gate.
There has been a marked increase in violent attacks in Kimberley and the greater Northern Cape of late. Some of these attacks appear to be orchestrated by larger, more organized groups whilst others are committed by opportunistic individuals.
Criminals of all kinds are becoming more brazen and don’t appear to fear the wrath of the law because of a widespread lack of faith in the police.
Greater police visibility is urgently needed in and around the city in order to combat the crime wave that has engulfed this part of the Northern Cape.
SAPS needs to become more outspoken on crime. Community watch groups have become very active in Kimberley, however, information that could make communities more aware of crime trends and caution them, is not effectively filtered through to these groups.
All SAPS resources also need to be allocated towards crime fighting instead of being misaligned towards non-essential matters, such as securing alternative parking for the SAPS helicopter based on the provincial police commissioners personal preferences.
Fighting crime and reclaiming the diamond city from lawbreakers must be the first priority of our police service. This is the least that the people of the Northern Cape deserve.