I will be writing to the Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Cllr Randall Williams, the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) following a visit to Temba Police Station and an in loco inspection of Kudube Ext 2, in Temba Hammanskraal, where the community has become the target of criminals perpetrating alleged property invasions, by-law infringements, reported attempted hijackings, and other criminal activity.
Today’s visit was occasioned by community reports of rising criminality which culminated in an alleged attempted hijacking by a gang of assailants who are also alleged to be undocumented persons. It is alleged that the assailants are well known to the community. With the assistance of ActionSA, a case has since been opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS). During today’s visit, Mashaba engaged with police at the Temba Police Station, demanding that the community’s concerns regarding criminality be taken seriously. ActionSA will continue to monitor the police’s response to crime in the area, in general, and the specific case against this gang of criminals.
During the visit to the area, it also became evident that a substantial amount of law enforcement needs to be undertaken by various spheres of government. The construction of illegal structures, alleged illegal occupation of properties and infringements of by-law seems to have become commonplace. These are community concerns which the DA-led City of Tshwane cannot be allowed to ignore – the people of Hammanskraal deserve better. Further, SARS needs to be brought into the fold to ensure that all businesses operating within the area are compliant and legal.
Equally, concerns regarding the influx of undocumented persons must be addressed by the Department of Home Affairs to ensure the regularisation of non-compliant individuals. This is important for the rule of law and allows the City of Tshwane to lobby for additional resources from the national government to care for all its residents. This is a matter which affects Tshwane, Johannesburg, Durban and other cities across South Africa. That is why ActionSA will seek an urgent engagement with Minister Motsoaledi on this issue.
It is high time that our communities see what caring, committed and inclusive governance can be. ActionSA stands ready to provide a real alternative to broken governance that has failed all South Africans.