The Democratic Alliance on Friday called on the police to clamp down on the wave of crime in the Benoni Central Business District (CBD) and surrounding areas in the east of Johannesburg.
DA Gauteng constituency head in Benoni Michele Clarke said in a statement that the Benoni CBD and Actonville and surrounding areas were being severely affected by crime, including drug smuggling, human trafficking and prostitution.
“Many of the residents have written to the DA expressing their concern about constantly having to live in fear. Criminal activity has become rife in the community over the past few years.”
Clarke said the police had to work with the Community Policing Forum and gather intelligence from members of the community in order to clamp down on illegal activity.
“I implore community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, and the provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General DS de Lange, to launch a large-scale police operation in the area. Police officers must be dispatched in order to prevent violent protests and to keep community members safe,” she said.
“Young people are most affected by the scourge of drugs and crime, and they are unable to walk to school and partake in evening extramural activities at school, as they constantly have to watch over their shoulders.”