City to have eyes on crime

2015-07-28 15:38
A CCTV camera is set to be installed to improve security at the wash house quarry.

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nicole mccain

A CCTV camera is set to be installed to improve security at the wash house quarry. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Security measures around the Bo-Kaap quarries are set to receive a boost.

This as R165 000 has been allocated for the installation of a CCTV camera at the wash house quarry.

The camera, to be funded from the ward 77 budget, will be linked to the City of Cape Town’s camera system and will be monitored 24/7 by the City, ward councillor Dave Bryant says.

“The quarries have been identified as a major source of crime across the Bo-Kaap, the CBD and Green Point. Having the camera in place will enable enforcement agencies to monitor activities in and around the site which is also known to be a drug-dealing hotspot,” he says.

The camera will also monitor Chiappini Street, which is used as an access and egress point to the Bo-Kaap and will also help agencies to pick up suspicious cars.

“The high-tech camera system will provide a much-needed link between the CBD and the Bo-Kaap and improve crime-fighting capabilities across the ward,” he says.

The date of installation was not available at the time of going to print.

Two years ago, a fence was installed as a security measure at the wash house quarry but it was removed shortly after amid safety concerns (“Safety worry over quarries”, People’s Post, 6 September 2013).

The wash house quarry currently houses an informal settlement referred to as the Kraal. Residents of the informal settlement have been offered homes in a housing development in Pelican Park (“Divided over relocation”, People’s Post, 17 March).

Benedicta van Minnen, mayoral committee member for human settlements, says the council is talking with the residents about a relocation, which “will afford families better and more dignified living conditions”.

“The site is often used as a hideout for criminals. Their actions are not only affecting the dwellers of the informal settlement but also the broader community of Bo-Kaap and Cape Town as a city,” she explains.

Although no date was available for the expected relocation, Van Minnen confirms 12 applicants have approved subsidies for the Pelican Park project.

Another three residents are in the process of applying for subsidies

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