Crime and neglect under the spotlight after police attacked in Hillbrow
Crime and hijacked buildings have come under the spotlight and are dominating conversations on Twitter following the attack on police officials who were carrying out raids and confiscating counterfeit goods in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on Sunday.
Gauteng SAPS spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters told TimesLIVE that no arrests had been made in connection with the attacks, which saw four police vehicles damaged, or for the selling of counterfeit goods.
This is despite Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Elias Mawela promising that the police would ensure that "such lawlessness will not go unpunished".
Using the hashtag #Hillbrow, South Africans are lamenting the scourge of crime in the city centre - and calling on the authorities to do more.
Here is a glimpse of the comments shared on the platform
This suburb was once a top residential area. One of the cleanest where South Africans could only dream of staying.. Today, it's an unrecognisable slum. It makes you wonder if all our residential areas will one day end up like this. We need urgent &firm intervention#Hillbrow #Jhb pic.twitter.com/fEPXbRqIzY— Thobeka-Rare Magcai (@Thobeka_Rare) June 10, 2019
The crime scene called #Hillbrow is a result of police officers taking bribes and act as if nothing is happening there. A friend of mine was kidnapped by Nigerians in JHB CBD and raped for a whole week. Her story was so painful that she killed herself cause no one believes her— Duke Valentino (@SirDavid_Dashe) June 11, 2019
What these Nigerian nationals did in Hillbrow to our police officers is a direct insult to our country & now they must be ready to deal with the results of their actions without crying xenophobic. South Africa has become heaven to these drug dealers & rapist criminals #Hillbrow— Mbawula☇🔥 (@Mbawula_Kasgo) June 11, 2019