Homeless face cops’ alleged blanket-snatching wrath

FILE PIC: Members of the Johannesburg Metro police. Picture: Valentina Nicol

A woman has accused Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) members of raiding the streets of Melville, in Johannesburg and taking away blankets from vulnerable and homeless people.

The complainant, Patricia Eatock, social worker for nonprofit organisation Dansazania, said after inspecting several locations and conducting interviews with the victims, she found that Metro police officers took away blankets from the homeless people on Sunday.

Eatock said she lodged a complaint against the department, but Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told The Citizen the department had not received any complaint, and that if these allegations were to be found true, internal investigation would be conducted.

“I am not aware of this incident, but I would encourage the complainant to lodge a complaint within the internal affairs of the department,” added Minnar.

On their Facebook page, the Dansazania has embarked on a blanket donation for the homeless around Melville.

This after Metro police arrested 36 hawkers and window washers on the streets of Johannesburg early this month.

A blind man and a man in a wheelchair were also rounded up, Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

The operation was aimed at making the city safer, Minnaar said.

– Caxton News Service

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