Residents help to arrest gang leader

2015-08-04 06:00
Residents of Johndown Walk in Hanover Park attended an imbizo hosted by the police in an effort to mobilise the community and strengthen the relationship between the police and the community.

Residents of Johndown Walk in Hanover Park attended an imbizo hosted by the police in an effort to mobilise the community and strengthen the relationship between the police and the community.

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The police in Hanover Park are constantly busy strengthening its partnerships with the community by hosting various imbizos in the area.

According to Manenberg police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Bennett a part of the strategy of the police is to mobilise the community.

“Street and court committees in Hanover Park were established over a period of time and are actively involved in the prevention of crime,” he says.

The partnership between the police and the community has led to several successes, he adds.

“One of the successes includes the arrest of a self- proclaimed gang leader who now finds himself again behind bars after a recent shooting incident in Johndown Walk. He is soon to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on a charge relating to attempted murder.”

“A couple of shooting incidents occurred over the past week, which resulted in three men sustaining gunshot wounds. A fourth man was wounded fatally,” Bennett confirms.

Cases of murder and attempted murder are being investigated.

“Johndown Walk and Lugano Court also experienced shooting incidents over the past few days. The police mobilised the respective residents by means of imbizos. An imbizo had already been held at Johndown Walk,” Bennett explains.

Station commander Colonel Frankes de Vis, commander of visible police Lieutenant-Colonel Desmond Laing, branch commander Lieutenant-Colonel Shannon Manuel and sector commander Constable Bradley Robberts interacted with the residents of Johndown Walk on issues of crime, the role of the community in the prevention of crime through partnerships as well as the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (Poca).

“Residents are encouraged to report crime and corruption among the police and the community. Pamphlets with the contact numbers of the management of the Philippi police and contact numbers of the sector vehicles as well as pamphlets of gang and drug awareness were also distributed,” Bennett continues.

“Strengthening the partnership between the community and the police is high on the agenda as it is contributing to reducing crime.

“We are further appealing to the broader community to get involved in the reward system. This system allows any adult member of the community to become pro-actively involved in the prevention of crime. Such an informant sources information of crime committed and about to be committed for a specific police official. Ways in which such information can be sourced is via personal contact, cellular or landline phones,” Bennett explains.

This information and the contact are highly confidential and only between the informant and the police official.

“A reward is given for all information leading to an arrest. The amount depends on the nature of the crime.

“The success in solving crime as well as the prevention thereof is sometimes dependent on information received from the community.”


Anyone with information on crime is urged to call the police on 021 695 1500 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential

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