Safety plan on track

2015-05-05 06:00

The Parkwood Community Forum is excited to hear that a container is to be made available free of charge for its safety plan for the area.

The good news was given at a meeting held on Wednesday last week that was attended by local religious leaders, NGOs, NPOs, Grassy Park police and the local ward councillor.

Ward councillor Melanie Arendse announced a container would be supplied by the City of Cape Town.

“I am pleased to say we have got a container for the purposes of safety and security in Parkwood. We had to go through a process where I had to get permission for this but after speaking to the property management and housing departments, I was given the necessary permission,” Arendse says.

Those present at the meeting received this news with cheers and clapping.

However, Arendse says there are still a few aspects to be discussed before the container is brought to the community.

“The City agreed to the container but it unfortunately does not have a crane for us to use free of charge. The City will charge us for it and therefore we are looking at a few companies who will assist us in getting this container transported,” Arendse explained.

Forum chairperson Paul Phillips says he is “happy we are moving in the right direction”.

“We have to give credit where credit is due. We asked Arendse to come on board and she made good on that and we are very grateful for this,” Phillips said.

At the meeting Phillips challenged Grassy Park police, which was represented by station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk and Lieutenant-Colonel Christiaan Esau, about a lack of service delivery in the area.

“We want our area to be safe again but that is just not happening and we need our police to help us rectify this situation. We want the community of Parkwood to have a sector of its own so that manpower and resources can be invested in this community specifically,” he said.

Phillips also tackled the police for the lack of communication between themselves and the community.

“We need our police to focus on our needs as well. I have come to realise that there is a culture at the police station where policemen and women treat Parkwood people as they want. It’s as if to say we come from that community and that’s how they’ll treat us. We want this to change,” he stressed.

Grassy Park police were not present at a previous meeting held on Wednesday 25 March and Van Wyk apologised for this absence.

“I was on leave at the time and did not know about the meeting. However, I can reassure you that it is not in my character to not respond to meeting requests because I know how important it is to engage with the community. I do apologise for the previous incident,” he said.

Speaking on the point regarding the container the forum requested, prior to Arendse’s announcement, Van Wyk said they cannot give the go ahead on the initiative.

“To host a satellite station in Parkwood would be very difficult. Our other communities are demanding the same thing and we just do not have the manpower to have this materialise,” Van Wyk said.

Van Wyk however encouraged residents to join their local neighbourhood watches to increase law enforcement in their communities.

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