Plan for gangsters’ end

2016-03-01 06:00

A concerted effort to involve the Grassy Park community to help in curbing crime kicked off last Tuesday.

Together with the Grassy Park community police forum (CPF), a group of residents met last week to discuss how to prevent crime and, most importantly, tackle gangsterism in the area.

The meeting was held as an introduction to the plans and objectives of the #GangsterismShallFall campaign – a campaign adopted by the CPF.

CPF chairperson Fuad Titus said: “Gangsterism plays a huge role in destabilising our communities. This needs to be addressed and this is what the planning meeting is about. We want to introduce the idea to our community so that they can come on board.”

He added that “gangsterism was just one facet of the problem” and the plan needed to be looked at holistically.

“We need a comprehensive plan where we can work with various agencies to ensure our community is safe again. The project has been accepted in conjunction with our local police station and they will be on board with the project,” Titus added.

CPF spokesperson Philip Bam presented an outline of the project, which would include issues such as creating awareness, enhancing enforcement against drugs and gangsterism and building cooperation and networks with others who have the same purpose.

“The police precinct of Grassy Park is reeling under the onslaught of gangsterism which seems to have taken centre stage in the lives of many young people and children of schoolgoing age. The challenge of drug abuse, supported by gangsterism, is cause for great concern,” Bam said.

Bam added another cause for concern was that 13 people had died in one month in the area due to gang rivalry, saying this was “a real problem to be addressed”.

The CPF and police said part of the plan was to first visit schools, handing out pamphlets about the dangers of gangsters.

Another meeting will be held on Wednesday evening where more residents are set to join the planning process.

“We wanted our community to be involved. We did not want to overlook them,” Bam said.

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