For years, Cape Flats in southeast Cape Town has been known as “apartheid’s dumping ground” from the 1950s.
Over 20 years into democracy, the provincial government, and most residents feel that the government has done little or nothing in turning townships around.
Stories being told around the neighborhood in the town as of today, still speak of poverty, rampant crime and socioeconomic marginalization from the city center and its predominantly white suburbs.
The latest report from the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice released in 2016, showed that Cape Town retained its position as South Africa’s most violent city – and is among the top 10 most violent cities in the world.
From all indication, the Western Cape government has been working around the clock to flush out negativities that had beclouded the city. But it appears little is being put in place.
The provincial government has continued to urge President Zuma to fulfill his promises about eradicating crimes in the city. The call was reiterated last week during the city’s 2017 debate on the state of the province address.
This time, however, the city premier Helen Zille lambasted the president for protecting himself with the army instead of them deploying to Cape Town for crime hunt.
Zille alleged that year after year‚ Zuma keeps promising to bring back specialized drugs and gang units and also deploy soldiers in areas worst hit by crime‚ but he has refused to do so.
“Yet he is quite prepared to bring the SANDF to protect him as he goes to make a speech in Parliament.
While the people of the Cape Flats were unprotected‚ Zuma closed down the Cape Town CBD and heavily militarized the entire parliamentary area for his own protection on the day the state of the nation address….,” Zille said.
Zille launched the attack in response to ANC leader in the legislature‚ Khaya Magaxa’s criticism against the DA for not tackling racism in the province.
Remarkably, this year’s state of the province address in Western Cape marks the launch of the Provincial Legislature’s annual calendar Zille’s 10th State of the Province address.
Cape Flat Crimes
Recently, three Somalis living in Site C in Khayelitsha, Cape Town were shot and killed in separate incidents in the area.
Police said the three foreign nationals were shopkeepers who were killed in or near their shops. Police have since launched an investigation into the killings of the three Somali nationals.
The incident brought to eleven the number of Somali nationals killed on the Cape Flats since December 2016.
In December 2016, a 22-year-old woman, Noluvo Swelindawo, was allegedly murdered because of her lesbian lifestyle. Reports have it that ten men abducted and assaulted her after they broke into her home on a Saturday night. Her body was found the next day with a gunshot wound.
In January 2017, eleven people were arrested for drug possession in Manenberg and Hanover Park on the Cape Flats, following a joint operation between SAPS Operation Combat and Metro Police’s Gang and Drug Task Team.
Also, the case against a 19-year-old teen arrested in connection with the killing of a police constable on the Cape Flats.
The Cape Flats is an expansive, low-lying, flat area situated in Cape Town. Many residents in Cape Town simply know the area as “The Flats”.
The area was a home to people the apartheid government designated as non-White in the i950s.