Hillcrest unites against crime

2008-03-15 00:00

“It’s now time to go for the jugular. Kill it.”

These were the angry words of Hillcrest community leader Eric Tocknell, who spoke about plans to tackle the high crime rate in the Outer West area at an emergency meeting on Thursday.

Hundreds of concerned Hillcrest, Kloof, Everton and Gillitts residents packed the Hillcrest Christian Fellowship Church to listen to Tocknell and other community leaders address the current crime crisis plaguing the area.

The meeting was held to mobilise the community into fighting crime and comes after Hillcrest resident Jessica Foord was gang-raped two weeks ago.

An elderly Drummond couple were also attacked in their home.

In the latest incident, armed robbers held up staff at a First National Bank branch in Kloof. The suspects escaped with an undisclosed sum of money.

Tocknell said that he will not let crime drive people out of South Africa. He urged people to get active in the community and band together to tackle crime.

“I’m not leaving South Africa. It is my life and I want to maintain and keep it. The community is gatvol. Let us rise up with joy and energy to fight this scourge,” he said.

He also said that the community should take their anti-crime campaign to every suburb and town in the country so that criminals get the message that crime will not be tolerated.

“We need to rise up together as a community and do something about the crime.

“I refuse to give in to fear and run away,” he said.

Hillcrest Crisis Centre’s Joey Du Plessis said two cases of rape are reported daily, a huge concern for the centre.

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