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Crime wave on Waterloo Road

Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 12:10 AM


In recent times, we have seen very troubling incidents occurring on Waterloo Road, but the police have seemingly adopted a hands-off approach to these matters. There have been at least three murders, numerous stabbings, and some incidents of buggery. According to reports, these acts are being committed by members of the homosexual community who have taken up residence in the old cholera cemetery. These incidents pass with little or no comment from the police.

We demand answers from the police commissioner. Are the police under instruction that if crime is committed by certain groups, it should be ignored? It cannot be right for armed men to be wreaking havoc at a particular location and it be ignored by the authorities. The latest incident was that of a male high-school student being stabbed. He had to be rescued by a passer-by.

We also notice that there is an attempt to sanitise the news by large media houses. These incidents are either not reported or mentioned in passing by the media. Is this deliberate? We call on the press to report the news and stop seeking to influence and shape societal norms.

We sympathise with the homeless, but crime cannot be ignored. We call on the police to do what is required to ensure the safety of citizens as they traverse Waterloo Road.