City, SJC in spat over CCTV cameras for poor Cape areas

Cape Town – A row has broken out between the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and the mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, over the shortage of CCTV cameras in poorer communities.

The SJC accused Smith of “lacking political will and shirking his responsibilities”.

SJC’s head of policy and research Dalli Weyers said: “The allocation of CCTV cameras across Cape Town is irrational. Too many wards with high rates of aggravated robbery and other extreme violent crimes have less eyes on them than other, safer wards.

“Too many wards where residents spend more time in the public domain, because they have to walk or use public transport have fewer cameras than wards where residents have private transport, walls, and electric fences.”

Weyers said Smith would deflect by saying some cameras were sponsored by businesses or bought by ward councillors with their ward allocations.

By IOL News.

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