Moves to calm tension in Rossettenville

Moves to calm tension in Rossettenville

Violence erupted again in Rosettenville, Johannesburg with property set alight as the community protested drug peddling and prostitution this past weekend.

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Photo: Slindelo Masikane

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba will lead a high profile delegation to the area as well as to  Yeoville, Hillbrow and Mayfair today. 


Gigaba will be accompanied by Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and Provincial Police Commissioner Deliwe De Lange.


The delegation will start in Yeoville and end proceedings in Rosettenville with a public meeting at 5.00pm this evening. 


Meanwhile, the DA will ask the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to investigate Rosettenville community claims against police. 


The DA's Manny de Freitas says the complaints against police cannot be ignored.


"There are consistent complaints from the community about why the reason there is crime and why drug lords and brothels are able to flourish because some officials at the police station basically protects those criminals and are being paid by those criminals," says De Freitas.


Police spokesman, Kay Makhubela says he's not aware of any such complaints.


"If there is someone who has evidence of any police officer being involved in criminal activities, let that person be reported so the case can be taken further," says Makhubela.

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