While South Africa’s economic future remains uncertain, one thing is true, South Africans are growing sick and tired of criminals running the country.
We’re not talking just about state capture, corruption and fraud, but every day crime. The kind that has become so common place, we barely blink an eye at it.
It became even more evident when popular Twitter influencer, Tumi Sole, recently tweeted a few photos of a heavily armed police force with the caption: ‘#CrimeMustFall, We been waiting.’
It appears the photos are of new South African Police Force recruits.
According to a report by EWN, the police’s tactical response team and national intervention unit have been deployed to the streets of crime ridden Westbury to stabilise tensions.
But, some communities believe government’s intervention is too little, too late.
On the other hand, social media users were excited at the prospect of having more armed forces on the streets to protect citizens:
“I hope they not gonna do like their Predecessors and beat up people in night clubs but will be dealing with drug dealers,” wrote Tshepo Morajane.
Another user wasn’t convinced the rookies would be fighting crime where it’s most needed:
Others question the cops’ mental well being:
We guess only time will tell whether these new recruits will be worth all the effort and hours put into them.
Earlier this week, Briefly.co.za reported that residents of Westbury in Johannesburg launched a total shutdown of the area in an attempt to protest the gang issues which is crippling it.
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.
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.
Musician Ntsiki Mazwai voiced her view on the matter on social media, saying it was only a matter of time before the situation escalated.
According to Ntsiki, this was bound to happen. She stated that the coloured people of SA are a ticking bomb because no one hears their calls for help.
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