‘They sit here in Parliament and they are the ones who get the money‚ and we get death’

The march followed protests on September 25 in Bonteheuwel‚ Hanover Park and Kensington.

On Wednesday‚ Minister of Police Bheki Cele met with the organisers of the shut down in Kensington.

The #WCapeTotalShutdown communities did not join Wednesday’s march. In a statement they released on 2 October they stated: “We have resolved from the onset that we are tired of marching to Parliament and government institutions to hand over memorandums that amount to nothing.”

The memorandum handed over by the Western Cape United Safety Front outlined 14 demands‚ including regular community evaluation of police‚ conviction of police officers who were “aiding and abetting criminals”‚ regular police patrols in industrial areas‚ a police unit focused on children‚ and better enforcement by the police of the Domestic Violence Act”.

Constance Snyders from Elsies River said she was at the march to “send a message to government”.

“Gangsters can shoot and kill innocent people‚ innocent children‚ kidnap‚ and the government will do nothing for us. We get hurt‚ we get raped‚ children get raped‚ and government does nothing. They sit here in Parliament and they are the ones who get the money‚ and what do we get‚ we get death‚” said Snyders.

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