AfriForum wants plan to control holiday raves

2012-11-26 00:00

THE Afrikaner civil rights union AfriForum recently opened a branch on the South Coast and is already causing the local municipality sleepless nights.

AfriForum has demand that the Hibiscus Coast Municipality immediately put plans in place to address the unruly behaviour expected on the popular St Michaels and Margate beaches before the festive season, saying it would be detrimental to local businesses and residents.

“Incidents such as public violence, unlawful assault of civilians, reckless and negligent driving as well as driving under the influence of alcohol are among the serious complaints the relevant authorities fail to address,” said Carlo Viljoen, chairman of AfriForum’s Margate branch. He said the organisation had given the director of the municipality’s protection services until December 1 to provide a contingency plan, stating how these challenges would be addressed.

“If the director of the municipality’s protection services fails to produce results, we will obtain a court interdict against the protection services of Hibiscus Coast Municipality,” added Viljoen.

The organisation recently held a meeting in Margate country club formally announcing its arrival to more than 50 locals, who were happy to join.

The organisation’s leadership admitted the body was predominantly Afrikaans speaking, but said it wanted to see more diversity.

“We are here to address community safety, environmental issues because people are sitting around and doing nothing to change their situations. We are originally an Afrikaner organisation, but we are encouraging more races to join as we already have African leadership in other provinces,” said AfriForum head of community affairs, Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg.

He said the organisation was here to improve living conditions and highlighted that they were not funded by a political party.

“We are an organisation that represents the minority groups that don’t have financial resources to challenge their government when it comes to service delivery.

“We want to encourage people to fight for their rights and we will do what we can to assist even if it means going to court,” said van Rensburg.

• mfundo@feveronline.co.za

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