ANC members level accusations against SAPS
THE ANC Ndlambe sub-region marched on the Port Alfred SAPS offices on Tuesday lunchtime to hand over a petition in which they demanded that action be taken against officers who they allege flagrantly work outside the law.
Specifically, the petition, signed by Ntombekhaya Mgangatho, the deputy convenor of the sub-district, demanded action to some of the most pressing problems being experienced in town, particularly in the Nemato Township.
The demands, handed to Colonel Nosipho Nodwala, included issues such as demands that police arrest the organisers of illegal marches, that the police arrest drug dealers in the society and make sure they are not given bail, and that police address the slow response to calls from the community.
The petition went on to demand changes to ill-disciplined police officers who drink in uniform and use state vehicles for private business. The petition goes further in stating that police do not investigate cases due to their relationships with suspects.
Demands were also made to arrest women, child-abusers and murderers without bail.
The petition also stated that offers driving recklessly in the townships should be disciplined and that state vehicles should not be parked for long periods outside private residences but should rather be on patrol.
The petition concludes by stating, “When we come here again we will make sure we bring the proof of these officials on camera, and those delaying the progress of cases due to their unholy relationships.”
SAPS was given seven days to address the issues.