Westbury residents: 'The government discriminates against coloured people'

Westbury residents: 'The government discriminates against coloured people'

- The Westbury protests have left 15 people injured but the community is still unsatisfied

- According to Westbury residents, the government is discriminating against them because of their colour

- They feel that their plight with gangsters is being ignored because they are coloured

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The Westbury coloured community feels that the government has not only failed them, but discriminates against them as well.

Residents of Westbury say that the government do not bother to make sure their pleas are heard even after them trying to reach out more than once.

The community feels that coloureds everywhere in South Africa are being marginalised.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the residents launched a total shutdown of the area in an attempt to protest the gang issues which is crippling it.

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According to the protesters, they demand that the army step up to help them deal with the high gang-related crimes in the area, as well as the drug problem it faces.

They feel they are being ignored by the government because of their colour.

Jerome Lottering of the Camissa Movement for Equality says they are not delusional, the government is really discriminating against coloured people.

It can’t be that us here in Gauteng have the same problem like the people in the Western Cape and we’re seen as being delusional. This South African government is discriminating against coloured people and that has to stop.

Since the protests started, 5 people have been arrested. At least 15 people have been wounded during the protests.

The shooting of a woman and her niece during gang activity triggered the protests, according to a report by EWN.

Solly Msimanga of the Democratic Alliance accuses the police of not doing enough to take on crime in the area.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department has increased the number of officers in the area to help fight crime, but the South African Police Service has not increased visibility and I think that’s worrying. The South African Police Service needs to be at the forefront of fighting crime.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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