NHW crime fighters eager

2016-07-26 06:00

Crime fighters who are eager to fight the scourge of crime in their area say they are not being supported by the Community Police Forum (CPF) and police.

The Abameli Abasha Neighbourhood Watch say they have not been supported since the last meeting held on Thursday 19 May where crime fighting groups in the area were set on joining forces (“Crime fighters join forces”, People’s Post, 24 May)

Chairperson of the neighbourhood watch, Raatiqah Tagodien, says it has been a tiresome battle between the watch and CPF. “I have spoken to all the stakeholders and still to date I have had no assistance. So far I have done my bit for the neighbourhood watch to submit the details and documents required. We now have to have clearance checks done but they do not want to assist us by doing this,” she says.

According to Tagodien, the organisation previously submitted the required forms and documents but they were requested to resubmit. “After the meeting held at the police station the CPF asked us to resubmit our documents so that the process could commence. This was done but I have received no feedback. This is what happened previously where the process stalled and it is really a huge concern for us. We are not doing this for ourselves, we want our community to be safe but it’s becoming a struggle,” she says.

CPF chairperson Fuad Titus says a meeting will be set up with the Abameli Abasha neighbourhood watch to air concerns.

“We have met with the group before and we have requested them to make known the boundaries they will cover. At the moment it is unclear which boundaries they will cover and this needs to be sorted first. We are in the process of setting up a new meeting in the coming weeks so that all these concerns can be heard,” he says.

Titus says the CPF wants one neighbourhood watch group responsible for the area, as it makes it “much easier to filter complaints through one channel.”

Titus says clearance check documents had “insufficient details furnished and other documents were not filled in properly”.

Tagodien says they were not informed of this.

Ewald Botha, spokesperson for community safety MEC Dan Plato, says the neighbourhood watch structure is “responsible to ensure that their members are screened by police”.

“(Police) have been assisting with this in the interim while the process is being formalised. The department (Docs) is currently providing provisional accreditation as the department wants to formerly ‘accredit’ neighbourhood watches as per the Western Cape Community Safety Act. To do this the neighbourhood watch structure must complete an application for provisional accreditation which can be obtained from Docs,” Botha confirms.

Tagodien confirms the structure was provisionally accredited.

When the Act comes in effect, all neighbourhood watches will have to reapply.

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