by Harold McGluwa – DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson & Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
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Date: 05 February 2018
The DA is calling on the police to urgently address the crime wave that has taken hold of the Northern Cape.
In less than two weeks, there have been three horrific attacks on residents of this province, as well as the discovery of the body of a toddler in the veld in Witdam, Kimberley, over the weekend.
The latest attack was on Glen Steyn and his partner, Lorraine, on their farm outside of Ulco on Friday afternoon.
On Thursday last week, Kimberley resident Cynthia Chapman was accosted at her home in Kimberley after she turned to fetch food for her assailant while on Wednesday the previous week, well known Kimberley businessmen, Piet Els and his partner, were attacked on their farm just outside of Kimberley in the early hours of the morning.
Meanwhile, the body of a toddler, believed to be between the ages of one and two, was discovered lying next to a rock in the hot sun in the Homevale area on Saturday. According to a local resident, this is the third body of a child, that he is aware of, that has been found in the Witdam veld.
It is clear that people of all ages, living in both rural and urban areas in and around Kimberley, are under attack by hardened criminals.
The DA welcomes two subsequent arrests in the Els case but we appeal to the police to remove all the stops to bringing all the perpetrators of these shocking crimes to justice.
There needs to be greater awareness of crime trends. There also needs to be more integration between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and local government to create safer environments for especially women and children. In this regard, derelict infrastructure that serves as crime havens must be broken down and access control must be implemented in deserted areas to keep our children safe.
Above all, we need more police officers, better training and additional vehicles in the Northern Cape. Without these basic crime fighting tools, crime will continue to destroy the freedoms which South Africans deserve.
The Northern Cape is increasingly becoming the playground of thugs. The people of the Northern Cape deserve better, they deserve to live in a province where they can feel safe and where they can have confidence in the SAPS to bring criminals to book.
DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson & Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
082 440 1779
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387