Fed-up residents bay for postbox bombers’ blood

2013-12-05 00:00

ROWDY youngsters and Hillcrest residents are coming to blows over a spate of postbox bombings in the area.

For the past six weeks — roughly since Guy Fawkes and Diwali — residents have been subjected to “sounds like ATM bombings”.

Now a reward of R3 500 has been put up for information that will help apprehend the rascals.

SA Can founder Brian Jones said the blowing up of postboxes in the Gillits and Winston Park suburbs has become a huge nuisance to the community.

“We have had complaints of four postboxes been blown up in one night; 18 to 20 have been blown up to date.

“Most of these boxes are aluminium and can be extremely dangerous when blown to pieces.

“We thought this would pass as it started after Diwali and Guy Fawkes, but it had been consistent for the last six weeks,” said Jones.

“It is ridiculous to have to hear those postboxes been blown up; they sound like ATM bombings.”

Jones says it is no surprise anymore to get a call from residents saying ‘another postbox has been bombed’.

“Residents are are so fed up with this and are so alert to the noise that they just know another postbox has been bombed,” said Jones.

It is estimated that postboxes worth R20 000 have been bombed thus far and the unruly youngsters, thought to be between the ages of 17 and 25, are still on the loose.

Jones said initially they had decided not to report it because they thought it would be a one-off incident.

“Once the Winston Park Neighbourhood Watch came forward and asked for our assistance, we knew the severity of the issue and have since put out a reward of R3 500 for anyone who would have any leads.”

According to Jones, all information regarding all incidents has been handed over to the police and victims have now started to open cases.

“The Hillcrest police station has been great in assisting us and with their help we are hoping to make an arrest soon.”

Hayden Johnson, the community policing forum chairman for Winston Park, said residents have had enough of any kind of criminal activity taking place in the suburb.

Johnson said they have had remarkable support from other neighbourhood watch groups, who have pledged their support in catching the perpetrators.

Jones has urged community members or anyone who has any leads on the culprits to please get in contact with him on 082 884 8024.

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