With all the furore surrounding our esteemed Mayor’s completed security analysis and security upgrades, we thought it would be appropriate to mention what has happened to our own Law Enforcement Needs Analysis report.

In December 2015, the City’s Law Enforcement department was requested (By Sub council 20) to provide a needs analysis for what is now known as Area South – this includes Retreat, Philippi, Mitchell’s Plain Constantia, Noordhoek, Cape Point, Muizenberg. This report request was initiated by Councillor Penny East (Ward 71).

Area South has its own Mini Mayor in the form of Councillor Eddie Andrews. In April 2017 (16 months later and the report had still not even been generated), the Chief of Law Enforcement Rudolph Wiltshire advised “I will submit to you a detailed report for your next meeting. Please accept my apologies for the late response.”

At a Subcouncil meeting in May, the inexplicable decision was taken to remove the needs analysis from the Agenda because “In short, based on the information the Subcouncil received, it was decided that no report was needed and Councillor East is aware of this decision”.

Presumably it was withdrawn because it would highlight the catastrophic lack of funding and resources provided to the Safety and Security Directorate (approved by De Lille) and paint the DA in a bad light.

This is just for Area South – never mind Areas North, West and East.

Why does De Lille’s residence get analysed for security upgrades (irrespective of who pays) but the whole of Cape Town is neglected and indeed purposefully denied?

Seems what is good for the goose cannot be applied to the gander who voted her in. It also perfectly demonstrates the fact that Councillors are politicians first and the interests, safety and security of residents comes a long way behind.

Several attempts to contact Councillors East or Andrews have been made – but they have not been bothered to answer our queries. Far too busy politicking.