The article “Cars set on fire, shops looted,” (Daily News, October 13) and “Alarm at rise in security costs,” (front page, October 12) refer.
With regards to the recent protest action in Reservoir Hills (ward 23) and the aftermath of the wanton violence and crime in the area, and of municipal officials spending more on being protected - one is faced with an interesting state of affairs.
On the one hand, the Cogta portfolio committee raised concerns about the beefed-up spending on security of officials, and on the other, ordinary and vulnerable citizens were left in the lurch when their safety and security was threatened.
Protest actions carry the risk of violence and crime and, on the Monday, ward 23 residents were subjected to violence that endangered their lives and left many injured, and with damage to property.
SAPS and security authorities should be proactive - their visible presence during the early stages of a protest can be a deterrent to both violence and crime.
Further, they need to have the manpower and resources to be effective.
PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY NEWS Monday, 19 October 2020
Darul Ihsan Media Desk