Neighbourhood watch chairperson for District Six, Nellis Beyers, said residents are at their wits end as nobody is doing anything about the gang invasion.
“Criminals hide among the vagrants in the area. The city can only act against people who invade property belonging to the City. CPUT owns the open space with the biggest concentration of squatters. The City’s resources are severely restricted and there are only four Metro Police officers for the whole area,” Nellis said.
He said Metro Police do not arrest the criminals and only issue them with fines.
“The Metro Police are in fact toothless and the police patrols use District Six to hide and take breaks whilst on duty because there is no one around to report them slacking off. You often see patrol vans gathered together, with police chatting, not doing anything about suspicious characters, defecation or squatters in the immediate surroundings,” he said.