8 lights given go-ahead

2015-12-01 06:00
A recent police operation in Moosa Walk shows a police van shedding much-needed light on the circle. Residents have called for lights to be mounted at the flats in the circle to increase visibility due to criminal activities. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

A recent police operation in Moosa Walk shows a police van shedding much-needed light on the circle. Residents have called for lights to be mounted at the flats in the circle to increase visibility due to criminal activities. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Eight mounted lights will soon be up in Parkwood to ensure visibility around a popular crime hotspot.

Visibility in the area will be better just in time for the festive season.

This comes after residents requested better lighting in Moosa Walk due to criminal activity in the area.

Ward councillor Melanie Arendse confirms the go-ahead was given to have eight lights installed, of which one light will be mounted at the eight blocks of flats in Moosa Walk.

“This was heard at a previous subcouncil meeting and we got confirmation that this should materialise in the next two or three weeks. The area around Moosa Walk, from Parkwood Avenue, is very dark and the added lighting can only be a good thing,” Arendse says.

She adds residents raised their concerns over visibility in the area, spurring on the request for the lights.

“Residents from Moosa Walk approached me and requested that these lights be put up at the flats. The area is known as a place where shootings occur,” she says.

The lights cost R70 000, which has been allocated from the ward allocation budget.

“The residents are happy about the lights because we know what a problem it has been. Now they can at least have peace of mind knowing that they are able to be aware of the surroundings and not go through the festive season with a dark alley where crime breeds,” she says.

One resident, who did not want to be named out of fear of victimisation, says he is happy to hear the news.

“Finally there will be light in an area which has been dark for a while. Hopefully with this the criminals will be afraid to commit their acts in the well-lit area because then there is nowhere for them to run and hide,” he says.

The resident says he has witnessed many shootings in the Moosa Walk circle and adds “hearing gunshots just outside your window is a terrifying experience”.

“It is unfortunate that our children have to grow up like this. We have to duck and dive when shots are fired outside and when you look outside you see that someone has either been wounded or killed,” he says.

“We are happy that this is going to be done before the end of the year. We also appreciate the effort put in by roleplayers to ensure this materialises and we are glad our pleas did not fall on deaf ears,” the resident says.

More residents expressed their elation, saying it was “long overdue”.

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