Dozens of weapons confiscated

2016-01-21 06:00
Photo: darshan rangai Lieutenant Mark Prakasim, Starlite Hotel GM Gerald Zulu Councillor Choks Arunajallam, Startlite Hotel security manager Sifiso Mkhize and Sergeant K Padayachee with the weapons which were handed over to police.

Photo: darshan rangai Lieutenant Mark Prakasim, Starlite Hotel GM Gerald Zulu Councillor Choks Arunajallam, Startlite Hotel security manager Sifiso Mkhize and Sergeant K Padayachee with the weapons which were handed over to police.

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THE infamous Starlite Hotel in Verulam is aiming to make a safe and secure environment for its patrons by ensuring no weapons or illegal activities are allowed in or near the hotel.

General manager of the hotel Gerald Zulu said over the last several months they have ensured there are no more incidents of fighting or any nefarious activities at the hotel.

This has been done by strict security ensuring no weapons were allowed on the premises and during the course of four months they confiscated dozens of knives, shivs (homemade knife) and even a pair of nun-chucks.

“Since the new management came in 20 months ago we have looked at making people feel safe when they enter here,” said Zulu.

“We want to get all the people who once used to visit this place instead of going out of the community to come back.”

Zulu said they have also looked at ensuring the area around the hotel is safe by working in partnership with the police.

“We want the area to be safe and friendly for the community so when they come here or walk pass they will feel safe,” said Zulu.

“We hope that in time we will see other businesses do something similar things and work with the police to make the community safer.”

Councillor Choks Arunajallam said the hope is that other businesses will also look to restoring the nightlife that once existed in the Verulam CBD.

“Not long ago you could walk on the roads in Verulam at night and feel safe with your family and the area was bustling with activity. We are hoping this will return and people once again opt to go out in their community instead of travelling further out,” said Arunajallam.

Arunajallam said the idea of a business forum which will spearhead work towards such a plan is already being discussed with community stakeholders.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Lieutenant Mark Prakasim said police are determined to make the Verulam CBD a safe place for the community and they are looking at partnerships with the businesses sector to make this a reality.

“Our hope is that these partnerships will lead to making a safer CBD and will lead to a safer community,” said Prakasim.

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