Crime fighters join forces

2016-05-24 06:00

In-fighting between splinter groups all fighting for a common cause – crime prevention – has been a cause for concern in New Horizons.

With only one legitimate body recognised and registered as a neighbourhood watch in the area – New Horizons Neighbourhood Watch – residents and crime fighters have branched out with splinter groups.

However, it seems gangsterism and drug peddling in the New Horizons area still runs rife due to in-fighting between the groups.

Recently, a meeting was called at the Grassy Park police station in an attempt to seek cohesion from two crime fighting groups: Abameli Abasha Neighbourhood Watch Zone3 and Crime Watchers.

The meeting was called by various stakeholders and attended by the Grassy Park Community Police Forum (CPF) and cluster CPF chairperson Hanif Loonat.

“These internal spats are unnecessary because the conflict is taking away form the real focus which is the crime in the area. What should be done is these splinter groups should join their registered neighbourhood watch to fight crime together,” Loonat says.

He urged the groups to “bring their numbers together”.

Abduraghman Ganief, chairperson of the New Horizons Neighbourhood Watch says he welcomes all new members to the neighbourhood watch. “People have been bad-mouthing each other but we can put this all behind us. We want unity and I am even prepared that if this unity comes, I will call an AGM where a special election can be held and a new chairperson elected. This is the sacrifice that I am prepared to make,” Ganief says.

The meeting concluded on a high note when all three organisations agreed to do walk abouts together. The first walk about was held on Friday evening.

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