*Update* We collected signatures and then met with Superintendent Adendorf who was supportive and said: “Whilst many others have approached us on the issue, this is a very creative way of addressing the problem” - He referred us to the Chief of Police and spokesperson, Wayne Mienaar, who we met with. Unfortunately at the meeting, the Chief of Police said they would not implement the campaign demands, and said something to the effect that police volunteering at soup kitchens will send the wrong message and is a bad idea as police need to look tough and it will make them look like wimps. We ended the campaign. But in hindsight should have used the statement by the Chief of Police to engage the media and re-mobilise campaign supporters to increase the pressure. The polices own words showed that they see themselves as a police force and not a police service.
Joburg police are taking away blankets from the homeless, so we're demanding that they are made to volunteer at the Central Methodist Church's soup kitchen, where they should hand out blankets - instead of taking them away.
|Homeless residents of Johannesburg warm themselves around a fire on Tuesday night as a cold front hits the city. Photo: Greg Nicolson, Daily Maverick|