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Are we really serious about crime?

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM


If the police are to be believed, three factors are responsible for serious crimes and murders. These are: domestic violence, lottery scamming, and gang warfare.

They have so-called anti-gang legislation to deal with the last named.

They also have their hands full trying to deal with lottery scamming.

In the case of domestic violence, the police are asking the public to report any signs of same, while they implore others to seek conflict resolution.

Against this background, on Monday night I had reason to call 119 to report a situation which threatened to escalate into violence.

Three times being the charm, I got through on my third attempt.

After stating my reason for calling, I was connected to the relevant department.

Having outlined the nature of the conflict, I was told they would send a patrol car; however, the policewoman could not say how soon they would get there as they were "stretched thin".

I proceeded to inform the policewoman that the other party would be at the location till 10 the next morning. At the time of writing, it has been more than 36 hours and the patrol car is yet to arrive.

My question is, what would be the position of the police if someone had died as a result of this?

Kevin Matthews