The march against the gang rape of a Mamelodi woman known as Jeanette was held on Thursday 16 August 2018 and the organizers are happy with the results. The march started at Maseko all the way to Mamelodi West police station and it attracted a number of local residents, school children. The organizers were happy that the residents of Mamelodi came in numbers and supported the deliverance of the Memorandum that was received by acting police commander Mr Choeke.
Jabulani Musi who is a member of a Civil Organization #NotInMyName that organized the march says that they are giving the police fourteen days to respond to the memorandum.
He also added that they will be organizing more programs to make sure Mamelodi becomes the safest place for its residents.
“The march was a success because we managed to make it here even though the police intimidated and sabotaged some of the people who wanted to join the march,” Jabulani told Mams Media.
“They were pushing the message that this is a violent march hence they sent through their cars to intimidate people. But it was a successful march and we are still going to host more successful programs as #NotInMyName.” Jabulani added that they expect to receive a response from the police in a given period of fourteen days and if not received by that time they will take action.
“If they don’t come back to us we will come back to them,” he continued. “We will show them that we are here for the people. If they (police) are afraid to arrest people, we will arrest those people and bring them to the police station.
“We will show them. We will do the job on their behalf. We will make that whoever (SAPS members) is responsible for overlooking the criminality gets fired at work.
“We are tired of seeing the police in their uniforms lazy to do their work. We are only giving them fourteen working days. Otherwise we will be coming here seeking answers and taking over the station.” It is alleged that the rape case of Jeanette was first reported at the Mamelodi West police station but it was turned away by the officers. The case was since moved to Mamelodi East police station as the incident happened in the east side of Mamelodi.
When asked about the matter, Mamelodi West police station Mr Johannes Maheso only promised that the case is still under investigation.
“What I can say now for record purpose is that the investigations pertaining the whole case are at an advanced stage.
“The outcome of this investigation will be communicated in due course by the relevant authorities.
Mr Maheso also said that the police are always ready to arrest whoever breaks the law.
“The police are always there to receive the reports and investigate. It is within our mandate to bring these criminal to book. It is not something that we need to plan; it is always there in our capacity as the police.”
The march was attended by different political parties including African National Congress, Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters. By: Ronald Nchabeleng