In the past week people living in South Africa and specifically in Cape Town were told “a tale of two cities”...
In this tale the differing responses from the South African Police Service (SAPS) to the tragic rape and murder of two young teenage women, Sinoxolo Mafevuka (19) and Franziska Blochliger (16), in Cape Town were extensively covered.
It is unfortunate that tragedies like these have been enlisted to draw attention to the known spatial inequalities that exist and persist in Cape Town. In August 2014 the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry found that the allocation of the police’s human resources is inequitable, irrational and unjust.
To date SAPS at a national level, and here we include Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu, has failed to address this injustice. Harare, Khayelitsha, the precinct in which Sinoxolo Mafevuka was raped and murdered, and in which many of our members live, was found during the Commission to be the least resourced police precinct in the Western Cape. A second police station for this precinct, to be built in Makhaza, was a provincial SAPS priority in 2004. To date construction has yet to start.
Below is a comparison of police to population ratio and murder to population ratio of the two police precincts involved as they stand today.
Everyone is deserving of justice and all families deserve closure. The spatial inequality underpinning this tale of two cities needs to change.
For comment please contact Chumile Sali on 071 609 3236