A story that shows another side of Cape Town. The City of Cape Town asked Lauren Beukes, an internationally best-selling author, to live-tweet ride-alongs with the Metro Police. The story that developed from her tweets shed much light on the people who dedicate their lives to protect us.
The city heroes too often overlooked, here to protect our city.
‘There’s rarely an opportunity to walk up to a police officer and ask them the questions you’d really like to ask. For whatever reasons, there is an increasing feeling of “us and them” between the community and the police officers who work within them.
Highly acclaimed South African author, Lauren Beukes (author of Moxyland and The Shining Girls) together with The City of Cape Town, live-tweeted 4 ride-alongs with 4 different Metro Police officers over 4 weeks. Lauren’s tweets told the officers’ side of the story, how Cape Town Metro Police fit into the bigger crime prevention picture, and who these police officers are as people.
The purpose of the campaign was to show that Cape Town Metro Police are real people. They grew up on the streets of Cape Town and they are the ones best suited to protect them. The police officers ranged in rank from constable to senior superintendent, across a variety of ages, genders and experience.
Constable Busisiwe Yedwa was one of the police officers to take Lauren on a ride-along through the streets of Hanover Park and surrounds. What started as a typical patrol shift soon turned into an incredible story about life as a female police officer, earning respect, dealing with gang shoot-outs and the prevention of substance abuse.
The first Cape Town Metro Police ride-along. – 2 February 2016. Lauren Beukes, joined the Cape Town Metro Police for her first of 4 live-tweet ride-alongs. On this ride-along, she accompanied Senior Superintendent Franklyn Solomons (or Solly as he is affectionately known), during a morning patrol along the N2.
The second Cape Town Metro Police ride-along. – 8 February 2016. Lauren Beukes joins the Cape Town Metro Police for her 2nd live-tweet ride-along. This time with Superintendent Raquel Paulsen, on patrol in Bonteheuwel and surrounds.
The third Cape Town Metro Police ride-along – 12 February, Lauren Beukes joined the Cape Town Metro Police on her 3rd live-tweet ride-along. Read below for the full story of her day spent with Constable Busisiwe Yedwa on patrol in Philippi and surrounds.
The fourth Cape Town Metro Police ride-along. – 18 February. Lauren Beukes joins Constable Caswell Julies on the final live-tweet ride-along. Read below for the full story about how he is educating children about the dangers of gangsterism and drug abuse.
Here’s to the city’s unsung heroes.
The campaign launched on the 1st of February and continued till early March. Pics supplied.