To: National Police Commissioner, SAPS

Build another police station in Nyanga, Cape Town

On Friday, 02 September 2016, the Minister released the crime stats.

Nyanga township in Cape Town has been named the SA murder capital for the fifth consecutive year!

One of the reasons Nyanga is named the murder capital is that there's only 1 police station in an overpopulated area. Surely, the SAPS can play their part here by deploying more officers and building at least one other police station in Nyanga.

http://www.enca.com/south-africa/crime-stats-reveal-western-cape-holds-most-murder-hotspots

Why is this important?

Community safety is compromised here and we can't keeping seeing the same result in the Crime Stats report. People are increasingly unsafe and our constitutional rights are surely in jeopardy here with the state failing to provide adequate security.

Imagine this: a community where people don't have enough space due to overpopulation and informal settlements, a clear breeding ground for many social ills with this ignored problem of ever-increasing crime stats. All of this happening in a City with an impeccable tourism track record and is considered the go-to place around the world. This irony can no longer be ignored. It's in these small actions, i.e. building a much-needed police station that we can start to turn the tide and provide support to the communities that desperately need it. Clearly those in power in this province aren't interested.

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Reasons for signing

  • Protection from crime and justice for all is a human right.
  • Last year 2016 i needed the police to come assist me and i waited forever for them to come, I ended going there myself and i was told that there was only one van allocated to us in Nyanga. Hence is why police can't get to us in time when needed.
  • Being white, I probably will never understand what it means to live in constant fear. To have to teach your children to defend themselves. This is long overdue. The national government & SAPS should be proactively responding to crime statistics. Safety & Security are ultimately a human rights issue as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

Updates

2017-03-23 21:51:13 +0200

GroundUp focuses on the why the satellite police station in Brown's Farm is not enough. Read about it here:

http://www.groundup.org.za/article/police-satellite-station-not-enough-say-hundreds-nyanga-residents/

2017-03-23 13:28:45 +0200

The petition has received quite a bit of media coverage over the last two weeks. Here is one article where I am speaking to Live Mag SA around what motivated the campaign and some of the issues surrounding the Nyanga police station & resourcing:

http://livemag.co.za/featured/nelisa-police-station-nyanga/

2017-03-14 18:42:48 +0200

500 signatures reached

2016-10-05 14:47:14 +0200

SAPS WC is hosting an Imbizo today (05/10/2016) @ 5pm. Venue: Intsebenziswano High School, Phillip Brown's Farm. I'm sure they'll claim they've sold the #SAMurderCapital conundrum by deploying 43 officers (even with these officers, Nyanga still has less than 300 officers for a population of more than 60 000). A satellite police station was opened on 01 October in Brown's Farm - this can't be enough. A permanent structure is needed urgently!

2016-09-30 14:31:31 +0200

#SaveNyangaNOW update: On 2 Oct,satellite station opening at Philippi train station.This isn't enough. An actual police station is still needed. Brown's Farm's the same size as Langa.

2016-09-26 10:20:58 +0200

#SAMurderCapital, Nyanga's situation is encroaching on community's constitutional rights. Read here on protest held on 20th September:
http://www.groundup.org.za/article/nyanga-community-police-forum-bid-bigger-share-resources/