RESIDENTS: WE DON’T FEEL SAFE!

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THE community of Delmas in Mpumalanga has lost trust in the police. They accuse the cops of failing to tackle crime.Thembinkosi Nhlapho (36) was hijacked on the night of 24 March.He told Daily Sun a group of four armed men came to his house and demanded his car keys.“They came while I was preparing to leave home for work,” he said.I saw four guys who pushed me back into the house and demanded the keys,” he said. They took his work bakkie and the family car. They further went on to lock my family in one of the bedrooms while busy packing up some stuff in the car,” he said. They dumped him at Daveyton and he managed to ask for help.Nhlapho is complaining that despite his family reporting the matter on time, the police didn’t react in time. “I’m not happy with the police.Police didn’t help us, they just came to my house and sat there.”. I don’t even know why they were sitting there“I’m not satisfied as to how the police reacted on this matter. “I was hoping that they would immediately come and assist my family as they were still locked in one of the rooms in the house.” He said he was expecting that they would go and look for him but they did not, instead they blamed his family for dealing with one of the suspects. Nhlapho said the police were protecting the criminals than them. Dikgetse Sepenyane (53) said the community would have to find their own ways to deal with crime in the area.“They know everything, we report to them everyday of what is happening, but they are not helping us. “We’re not safe and we’ve lost trust in the police,” he said.Mpumalanga police spokesman, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, said: “The police the issue of community members taking the law into their own hands was becoming a problem. are investigating a case of assault, robbery, theft and kidnapping.”The police are working tirelessly to ensure criminals are brought to book.Hlathi said the allegations that police did not respond in time were completely untrue. “Immediately when the news broke, police responded,” he said. It was unfortunate that some of the family members had already left to look for the victim using the information they received, they did not work with the police on that finding of the information, they worked on their own

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