Police reinforcements to remain in Marikana

WESTERN CAPE – SAPS has dispatched over fifty armed police officers to guard and monitor the Marikana informal settlement for the next three months.

This decision comes after at least 11 people were shot dead in the settlement last Friday.

Although the situation seems calm at the moment, the police said they will not take any chances until the culprits are caught and brought to justice.

The Marikana informal settlement has seen an escalated number of crimes in the last couple of months with people being stoned, beaten, shot or burned to death.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and other high police officials are set to visit the area on Tuesday.

According to Patronella Lekker, member of the provincial legislature, she believes the deaths in the area are mostly gang related.

Lekker says there are not enough police officers in the area which has led general community members to organise themselves and patrol the area at night.

It is believed that some gang groupings felt threatened and irritated and decided to take on the community.

According to Dan Plato, Community Safety MEC: “I regard it as a crisis. It is a crisis, a crisis across political boundaries…it is through times like these where we need to put our politics aside.”

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