March against crime

2018-07-05 06:00
Members of the Nyanga Youth Desk carry placards during the march against crime.        PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Members of the Nyanga Youth Desk carry placards during the march against crime. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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In the fight against crime and substance abuse, the Nyanga Youth Desk (NYD), together with other community structures, organised a peace walk to create awareness in the area, on Saturday.

The march started at the Nyanga police station, and proceeded to the Lusaka Community Hall, where a community dialogue was held to identify some of the challenges facing the area.

The Nyanga Neighbourhood Watch, police and the Nyanga Community Policing Forum all took part in the proceedings.

The organisers said the aim was to conscientise locals to the ideal of a crime-free zone and make Nyanga interesting to investors.

Mthetheleli Wontyi said: “Our aim is to work with all community structures to fight crime. We want to take youth away from the streets and encourage them to be innovative so that they can be able to open businesses and deter criminal acts in the area.”

The NYD chairperson added that substance abuse, crime and unemployment are the major challenges in Nyanga.

“We need solutions to our challenges. But we agreed in the dialogue session that we needed to be proactive in our approach and have a data base of all the non-government and non-profit organisations in our area, including a skills audit of the populace around here ... So that if any organisation or company needs people to work with, we can give them ready names,” he said.

He added they have also identified crime- hotspots where the City of Cape Town can install cameras.

“The City needs to install cameras on Emms Drive, Klipfontein and the Borcherds Quarry roads, so that it can be easy for police to monitor those areas ...

“We also intend to visit high schools where we will motivate learners to focus on their studies rather that gangsterism and drugs,” said Wontyi.

Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi of Nyanga police said the purpose of the initiative was to engage and mobilise the youth to join in the fight against the scourge of crime.

“Youth are much involved in criminal activities and this initiative is to make a call to those involved and those that haven’t started yet to urge them to bring about change in their streets.”

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