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City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Twitter/ @our_da

Phalatse: Crime not the only problem in Diepsloot

Johannesburg Mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse visited Diepsloot this weekend and engaged police on the recent violence

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City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Twitter/ @our_da

Johannesburg Mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse says deploying police to Diepsloot won’t exactly address the community’s grievances as some of them are socio-economic, including lack of adequate housing and unemployment.

Diepsloot residents have been demonstrating over violence and crime in their community, which culminated in the killing of several people, including Elvis Nyathi, a Zimbabwean foreign national. His family claims the 44-year-old had just returned home when a group of people in his neighbourhood knocked on doors, demanding to see ID documents from residents. Nyathi them ran out of his shack, but the angry mob caught him and beat him up.

Phalatse visited the area on Saturday, 9 April 2022, to meet with police management.

“There’s no use deploying police into an area where there are socio-economic problems that you are not addressing. We got issues of housing. They need to de-densify the area. I do not know if you are aware of Riverside. We moving people from Diepsloot to the area. But I’ve just discovered that some people are remaining. So when we move you we must demolish the shack in the area,” says Phalatse.

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Dr Mpho Phalatse further said population density is one of the major problems in Diepsloot and isn’t helping the crime situation in the area.

“What I’ve been told is that as much as we’re decanting and trying to de-densify, the shacks don’t get demolished and that some members of those families remain behind, and only certain members go to the new units that we handover. So, it’s not really solving the problem. That is something that we really need to look into because with the current density of the area, crime will be prevalent, and it will be very difficult to control it,” 

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