Disgruntled residents of Diepsloot are issuing a warning that they will escalate their protest if the Presidency does not respond to their demands within the next 24 hours.
Last week, the residents staged a two-day protest against the high crime levels in their area and demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa personally visit and address their concerns.
In an attempt to secure Ramaphosa’s presence, a group of community leaders visited the Presidency’s office.
However, speaking to eNCA on Monday, these leaders expressed their dissatisfaction with the government’s response, describing it as disrespectful.
They criticized the government for providing them with a mere acknowledgment letter instead of concrete timeframes and immediate action.
The Community Police Forum (CPF) in the area has reported that criminal activity and the presence of illegal immigrants have been causing significant distress to the community for an extended period.
Consequently, the residents have lost confidence in Police Minister Bheki Cele, as he has failed to offer sustainable solutions to address the escalating crime rates.
Following the receipt of the Presidency’s letter, community leaders addressed the residents and encouraged them to persist with their protests until their demands are acknowledged.
The leaders disclosed that they plan to engage in the protest after attending a memorial service for a CPF member who was tragically shot two weeks ago.
This memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday. One of the leaders stated that their intention is to cause disruption, engage in acts of civil unrest, block the N14 highway, and inflict damage for a period of two days as a means of pressuring the Presidency.