Ministers resent Krugersdorp residents’ anger

Police Minister Bheki Cele and Interior Minister Aaron Motsoaledi are part of Saturday’s cabinet imbizo in the West Village.

Police Minister Bheki Cele attends the West Village Crime Imbizo on August 6, 2022. Photo: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – Emotions ran high in the Krugersdorp community as residents addressed senior officials.

Police Minister Bheki Cele and Interior Minister Aaron Motsoaledi were part of Saturday’s cabinet imbizo in the West Village.

The city was rocked by violence earlier this week as residents took to the streets to protest against high levels of crime and illegal miners.

Community members ensure that they are not censored when speaking at the meeting.

“Program Director, please don’t bully me. Don’t tell me what to say and how to say it, with all due respect,” one commenter said.

A resident said the police were failing to keep the community safe.

“My apologies if I seem rude, but with me I carry the emotions of the masses who are offended by the offices you serve. We have failed. We have said things over and over again,” the resident said. .

She said criminals weren’t afraid to commit crimes because there were no real consequences for them.

“South Africa has become a playground for criminals because the people in power have forgotten that they serve the people,” she said.

The woman said it was up to residents to change the status quo because the crime problem was not unique to West Village.

“All of South Africa is crying. The minister has been called up all over the country because of one thing: crime. We have the best laws on paper but the problem is in the implementation, the problem is in the execution, the problem is in the repercussions,” she said.

Harold B. McConnell