Rates, the unresolved issue of hostel debt (which could push rates up), and the arrest of journalists and other concerning issues revolving around Metro Police are to be discussed at a Democratic Alliance press conference tomorrow.
Date: Thursday 25 March
Venue: DA Boardroom, Councillor Support Services on the Mezzanine level, Shell House
Please also be reminded that the full council meeting will take place from 10am in City Hall.
During the long weekend where we celebrated Human Right’s day, the Durban Metro Police were again implicated in rounding up street children. This time they also detained a foreign journalist who they suspect captured their activities on camera. The irony of this incident was that the journalists were in Durban to cover the Street Children’s World Cup and not to cover the brutal campaign the City is suspected to be running against street children. Last week the City issued a press statement confirming it does not have a policy of roundups, nor does it support one. Until the City adopts a proper policy for the sustainable management of street children, Metro Police must be reined in and focus only on those individuals committing real crimes. — Warwick Chapman