WINDVOGEL residents took to the streets yesterday to voice their frustration over the high level of crime in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas.
This follows the rape of a young girl on a field near a church last week, allegedly by a man who had been released on bail just two days earlier for a similar offence.
Residents complained that they felt like prisoners in their homes.
They highlighted the issue of drugs, the non-existence of police to patrol the area and the alleged involvement of some police in gang activities.
About 700 people, including 200 Republic Primary School pupils, took part in the protest. They started in Second Avenue, Windvogel, and proceeded to the old bus terminus along Stanford Road.
They then handed a petition to Lieutenant-Colonel Mncekeleli Madikane of Bethelsdorp, threatening to block Stanford Road if the police did not respond to it by Monday.