Patrol members need support

2017-06-01 06:01
Councillor Bongani Ngcombolo handedover equipment to Neighbourhood Watch volunteers, at Luyolo Comunity Centre, Gugulethu, on Friday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Councillor Bongani Ngcombolo handedover equipment to Neighbourhood Watch volunteers, at Luyolo Comunity Centre, Gugulethu, on Friday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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In a concerted effort to fight crime, Ward 40 Councillor Bongani Ngcombolo handed over equipment to neighbourhood watch members in the greater Luyoloville community last Friday.

The equipment included 315 jackets, 21 bicycles and 66 touches.

Ngcombolo said the equipment is meant to make patrols for over 100 volunteers much easier.

“Residents are robbed in the streets when they go to work in the morning and afternoon. Security is an issue.

The neighbourhood watch volunteers are doing critical work in this regard. We thought we should give them the equipment, which include torches, because they start their patrols before dawn and very late in the evening. This will help intensify security in this ward,” Ngcombolo said.

Ngcombolo said he is in a process of installing cameras around local businesses such as Mzoli’s.

“We are starting a war against criminals,” he added.

Zimkhulu Mjiwu, of Khusela Neighbourhood Watch, said the equipment would make their task easier.

“It encourages and shows us that they care about us as volunteers.

We appreciate it. We will now be able to move from point A to point B easily and quicker. We start patrols at 4am. We then help learners to cross the roads on their way to and from school.

We are also asked to provide security when there are events at local businesses such as Mzoli’s.

We also guard ATMs when it is month end and on pay days.

We still need radios so that we can be able to communicate with each other.

Sometimes we even use our own airtime to coordinate activities. If we could get a stipend it would be much better. It is a risky task that we do,” Mjiwu said.

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