A year of overcoming fears

2015-12-15 06:00
 Local NSRI volunteer Robin Fortuin won the Centrum Guardian of the Year award for saving six people from drowning.

Local NSRI volunteer Robin Fortuin won the Centrum Guardian of the Year award for saving six people from drowning.

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It has been a year of joy, tears and overcoming fears, celebrating life and love, stepping up on safety and completion of developments. And with another year coming to an end, People’s Post takes a look back at some of the main headlines of 2015.


•Police busted a suspected drug runner in possession of more than R338 000. He was arrested and put in an urgent application to the high court in order to be released on bail.

•Lentegeur police and the Mitchell’s Plain Tactical Response Team set up a mobile police caravan on the tarmac in Turksvy Street after concerns that children were being exposed to drugs and violence.

•Mitchell’s Plain police management challenged the court system after numerous cases were thrown out or unsuccessfully prosecuted.


•After wind-blown sand made the maintenance of Lukanon Drive’s road surface almost impossible, the City of Cape Town considered establishing a public participation process to determine whether or not the road should be permanently closed or not.

•After community intervention, rival gangs agreed to a ceasefire in Lentegeur.

•Mitchell’s Plain residents held a meeting to address the ongoing Siqalo protests and what they would do about it. Siqalo residents had been protesting to have their say in service delivery to the settlement.

•Shootings in the Mitchell’s Plain police precinct increased after five people were shot in Westridge, a body was found at Swartklip Sports Complex and two friends were attacked at Town Centre.


•After a burglary at yet another store based at the Town Centre, security details were beefed up.

•Violent protests erupted as residents were on a manhunt for a 21-year-old man believed to have murdered a 61-year-old Eastridge woman. Her body was found in a council refuse bin by a council worker who had arrived to empty it on refuse day.

•Police feared a flare-up in street justice following the discovery of a man who had been stoned to death in Mandalay.

•Subcouncil 12 secured a decision to create an embayment outside Spine Road High School to alleviate traffic congestion.


•Lentegeur residents challenged police on their decision to move a mobile police caravan from the Turksvy park.

•Gang tensions continued to rise following killings and sporadic shooting in Woodlands.

•The City of Cape Town released plans to see a safer Town Centre by signing an agreement with Neighbourhood Watch members.

•Police saw a station reshuffle with the addition of five more stations to the Mitchell’s Plain police cluster


•Following allegations of corruption and alleged threats as a result, police decided to move a mobile police caravan from the Turksvy Park. The caravan was placed there to safeguard children who frequent the area on their way to school.

•The City of Cape Town’s law enforcement structures nabbed a 60-year-old linked to a traffic fine scam.

•The Army put Town Centre on a lock down as part of operation Fiela.

•Rocklands street committees continue bonfires as part of an anti-crime strategy.


•Police were investigating several murders after bodies were found dumped in the bushes along Baden Powell drive.

•Major General Abraham Goss requested no loadshedding in dangerous areas following an increase in attacks after the lights went out.

•A 34-year-old man was held after he allegedly gauged out his wife’s eyes.


•Heavy rains delayed road works along Park Avenue which was meant to end on 04 June.

•A fire destroyed a Lentegeur home, killing two people in the process.

•7de Laan informal settlement received a new welcome sign following a drawing competition.


•New Woodlands residents were left to rebuild a community park after allegations of arson as the cause of a fire.

•Around 100 West Cape Villas residents held a vigil for Candice Bowers after she was found murdered in her home.

•Complaints of containers at Camp Joy were addressed in a site visit by council and residents.


•An ID drive held at several informal settlements saw hundreds of residents owning an ID document for the first time.

•The construction of a Hall for the 7de Laan community began. Work was concluded in November with a launch held on Sunday 1 November.

•Disaster Risk Management volunteers received their own base in Westridge after being promised a base two years prior.


•October saw the release of the annual crime statistics where crime had decreased overall.

•Police held a second operation linked to Fiela with a lockdown of Eastridge from 02:00am.


•Heavy rains washed parts of Strandfontein Road away when a stream destroyed support pillars

•Police warned of parking off at coastal lookouts after dark following the attempted hijacking of a couple. As a result the man had shot and killed one of his attackers.

•Five men were arrested after resisting arrest and attacking a traffic officer. The men attempted to free their driver who was found to be drunk.


•Beaconvalley Youth raised their voices in disapproval of the increased killing and crime in the area. The local forum says peace marches will continue next year.

•The launch of the JOPCO forum will hopefully result in a decrease in queues at the police station and a decrease in crime, officials say.

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