Criminals, prostitutes BEWARE

2017-04-06 06:03

MARBURG residents are taking back the streets. A meeting was held at the area’s library on Monday to discuss what can be done to tidy up the area and to get rid of crime, illegal business and the most worrying problem at this stage - prostitution.

In total, 25 people showed up for the meeting, including members from three security companies.

“Residents expressed their concerns about the illegal businesses, prostitution, overgrown plots and crime rate. They are now fed up,” said ward councillor, Ajith Rajaram.

Rajaram said talk about patrols and the inception of a community policing forum was also discussed.

He said as the Marburg area is quite large, it will be divided into five sectors.

“This will make it easier to manage,” he said.

Residents also indicated that they would like to meet with the Ray Nkonyeni Municipal Manager to discuss these issues.

“I have made council aware of this at a meeting on Tuesday,” said Rajaram.

Prostitution in the area began two years ago. The women conduct their business from the vacant field near Marburg Secondary and the “park” behind Bargain Wholesalers.

Residents have contacted the Fever in the past saying that they live in fear because where prostitutes apply their trade, crime is bound to increase.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, said police have made several arrests relating to prostitution in the area.

“In one weekend alone, we arrested 14 women for loitering for the purpose of prostitution,” she said.

She added that while SAPS was doing all it can, intervention from other law enforcement authorities was also needed in order for the situation to simmer down.

“We have also requested the relevant authorities to install cameras in the area as well as spotlights,” said Wiid.

In November last year, a man was murdered near a vacant plot in the area, apparently while he was with one of the “ladies of the night”.

The same suspects then went two the Marburg Sports Complex where they attacked a couple in their car. They locked the man in the boot and drove off with the woman in the front seat before finally coming to a standstill when the car’s anti-hijacking system activated.

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