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Guess which communities don’t see the boys in blue


Guess which communities don’t see the boys in blue

Here’s a clue: Joburg’s Rosebank has 82 officers for 8,308 people. Diepsloot has 114 serving 143,391 people

Senior journalist

While the wealthy sleep securely under the watchful eye of private security patrols and CCTV cameras, SA’s poor face a double disadvantage. Not only do they not have the luxury of private armed response, they have far less access to police resources than the rich.

Andre Snyman, head of eBlockwatch, a community communication system which disseminates crime-related information to its members, said: “We used to think the cops were tough and the minister with the hat was all dictatorial. Then the July riots happened and we realised they were not.

“Private companies are where the money is, fighting turf wars for paying customers. And there is a race element too. When a white guy gets arrested he’s put in a cell. Then the police bring in a lawyer, R5,000 is paid and the case goes to court. Another R5,000 is paid and the case gets thrown out. For R10,000 it all disappears. Nobody wants to do anything about it because it works for them.”..

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