President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mtshebheni Police Station
in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal at 9:00 on Friday, 18 October 2019. Inanda is known as
the rape capital of South Africa.
The president visited the police station to perform a due
diligence check on service delivery. His visit came after the latest crime
statistics revealed that the police station had the highest number of sexually
related crimes in the country.
Inanda community addresses their challenges
Speaking at the gathering, the Community Policing Forum (CPF)
shared their alarm over the dangers women faced in Inanda. Forum members also
blamed the growth of informal drinking places in the area for making the
Inanda CPF member, Mbongeni Phewa, explained:
“The crime in Inanda is so high just because of these taverns and shebeens. People can just drink throughout the night only to find that after they drank the beer if they are just going back home they just caught by these criminals.”
Mbongeni Phewa, Inanda CPF member
The CPF has been working, fruitlessly, on convincing tavern owners to operate within reasonable hours. The aim of the strict times was to prevent drunken people from worsening the crime already there.
Cele shares the challenges faced by the Inanda police
It was also revealed that the police struggled to perform
their duties effectively due to the area’s terrain. Police Minister, Bheki Cele
was also in attendance with the president, he explained the situation thus:
“There are places that you can’t see beyond your hand come the night. That is not very conducive for the SA Police to do their work. There are no cameras, there are no street numbers, there are no streets at all, there are no roads that get in between of the houses. All those things they contribute to the high level of crime.”
Bheki Cele, Police Minister
Ramaphosa mentions GBV and rape
Khusela Diko, the Presidency spokesperson, also revealed
that the president was joined by the Minister of State Security and the
Minister of Justice. Ramaphosa and the ministers were in the area to see how
government and the community could join forces to fight the high crimes rates.
The president addressed the current scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) calling it a “nightmare.” He also mentioned the need for all police stations to have rape kits.
Ramaphosa urged police stations and officers to be “ready”
with “kindness and compassion” to deal with women and children when they came
to report such crimes. He also pushed for officers to be visible in their
communities to deter criminals.
The president also mentioned how investigators need to do
their work sufficiently so that criminals are prosecuted. Before launching the eThekwini
District Development Model, he chaired the District Coordination Forum.
President launches district development model
Ramaphosa launched the district model called Khawuleza at
12:00. The launch was held at the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu.
Deputy President David Mabuza was also in attendance. Diko
revealed what the model was about saying:
“This model is about bringing all of government, whether it is local, provincial or national to work together in terms of development. At the police station he is again putting that model forward and demonstrating how tangibly it would work in various clusters.”
Khusela Diko, Presidency spokesperson
The launch was attended by the mayor, chiefs, and the South African United Nations representative. He also addressed the community who had gathered at the stadium.
Ramaphosa also met with the Durban Chamber of Business during his visit in the province. The meeting was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.