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2017-07-25 06:00
Car parts and items dumped in the bushes in Zandvlei Nature Reserve.PHOTO: Tiyese Jeranji

Car parts and items dumped in the bushes in Zandvlei Nature Reserve.PHOTO: Tiyese Jeranji

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Twigg said she did regular patrols in the reserve and chased away homeless people.

“They also promote a lot of crime. When criminals rob, they run into their makeshift homes and they hide all the stolen goods.”

“If we allow these elements we will never win crime,” she said.

During the walkabout People’s Post stumbled across car parts, condom packs, pillows and blankets.

“For some time car parts have been burnt in this bush. We can only do so much. Getting the bush cut, at least then we can see properly what’s happening in there.

“As you can see there are a lot of condoms all over. Criminals use them to swallow drugs when police are out to get them. A lot of illegal activities take place here and for us to win this crime issue, we have to work together. As the CPF we are doing our part but we can’t do it alone,” said Twigg.

Twigg added that residents of Lakeside who were close to the nature reserve were also struggling because when criminals ran they ran into the bushes from that side.

“We are also working together to fight crime. We have joint operations. So if the bushes are cut we can assist each other. If the robbers are running from the Steenberg side we can let people in Lakeside know, but with all these bushes it’s impossible to work efficiently together.”

Joshua Gericke, manager of the reserve, says they are aware of makeshift homes in the reserve and incidents that happen there.

“We move them out but they come back. This is a problem that we are dealing with. We do patrol there on a daily basis but now with a tight budget it has become a little ­difficult.

“Unfortunately the bushes can’t be trimmed as they are endangered species so we can’t cut them. However, what we are doing at the moment is working on a fence around the reserve, but that all depends on the budget. We will also have permits so that we at least know who is in the reserve and when people go out.”

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