Trollip promises a clamp down on NMB crime


Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip has lashed out at the African National Congress (ANC) for what he described as having lost interest in the provision of a safe city and delivery of services.

Addressing supporters at the launch of the party’s Safe City campaign at the Gelvendale Sports Stadium on Sunday, Trollip, accompanied by DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille, said while country has made progress since the advent of democracy, forward momentum in the Metro has continued to stagnate as a result of empty promises.

“Instead of moving ahead, we are seeing the quality of life being compromised by corrupt ANC officials. Unemployment in Nelson Mandela Bay is the highest of any South African Metro at 36.6%, with youth unemployment even higher at 47.3%, making crime a trap for our young people to fall into,” Trollip said.

“Crime thrives when jobs are lost and in Nelson Mandela Bay, this government has failed to fight crime because it does not have a plan to fight it”.

He also stated that the Metro has consistency ranked as the worst performing in the country, adding that around 80% of residents have expressed fear of going outside at night.

“Gangsters own the streets, and both young and old are unsafe because there is no plan to prevent or police crime in Nelson Mandela Bay,” Trollip said.

“The existing CCTV cameras are not functioning, the Metro police chief earns an unjustified R1-million per year without a single officer on the beat, there are no regular patrols in vulnerable areas and no drug or gang units. How can this therefore been seen as a safe city?”

Taking a swipe at Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan’s “Taking Back our City Campaign”, launch last month, Trollip stated that little to nothing has come off it, saying the recent unveiling of two new police vehicles, amounted to nothing but a gimmick.

“For a mayor to launch metro police vehicles, when we have no officers, no plans, no police empowering by-laws and no police public accessibility, is an insult to the people of our Metro.”

“This government cannot even compose a proper IDP budget because they are too arrogant to listen to the people. The budgeting for the police force is a lie because there is no budget,” Trollip said.

In a similar reaction, Maimane said crime in the city has gotten out of hand and that Jordaan “is only interested in creating work for his friends in the ANC”.

“We need a metro police that is well equipped and who can fight against drug dealers. We need people with the experience to run he police and not those deployed by government,” Maimane said, before labelling Police Minister Nathi Nhleko as a “deployed ANC cadre”.

“As the DA, we will setup a competent police force with specialised drug units, anti-cable theft units and re-deployment of the anti-hijacking unit”.

He also added that the party would continue holding President Jacob Zuma accountable for the upgrades at his private Nkandla home, despite his clearing of paying back a portion of the R246-million.

“While the ANC is committed in protecting number one and putting the party first, we will put the county first,” Maimane said.