Diepsloot residents call for committed police service, denounce bribery

The community of Diepsloot is gathered outside the Local Police station calling for committed police service, crying over a corrupt SAPS and rampant crime in the area.

This is the second day of community protests in the area after a number of reported murders that have gone unattended to by the cops, according to the community.

One community member says they are tired of Zimbabweans who are doing crime in Diepsloot. When asked how does he know that these killers are Zimbabwean. He answered, “because they don’t have ID documents and no fingerprints can be traced because of these issues.”

Another community member says they are not safe because the police here are bribed by criminals and cases go unsolved.

“In Diepsloot we have a problem of crime. We get raped and people do not get arrested. We do not know where our cases end up at this police station. We feel like they can change the station Commander.”

A member of the police who is here to maintain law and order tells me that the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and Gauteng MEC for Community Safety are both in a meeting inside the Diepsloot Police Station to hear what the issues are.

A number of people, SABC News spoke to say they have no affiliation with the vigilante group Dudula, arguing that there are community members concerned about crime in the area.

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