Patrollers bring peace

2020-03-19 06:04
Members of the Langa Safety Patrol keep their streets safe.

Members of the Langa Safety Patrol keep their streets safe.

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Langa’s safety initiative is yielding positive results with scores of young people who once stood in opposing groups now sharing some common goals. The initiative, Langa Safety Patrol, was launched last year in response to rampant crime and gangsterism in the community.

Patrol chair Bandile Gcuwa said after realising the high crime rate they decided to start a patrol where every man from the area was required to join the fight against crime.

He said police alone cannot fight crime which is why they decided to form the patrol. The group patrols at night and in the mornings, escorting people to the taxi rank, bus stops and the train station.

While the group continuously strives for a better and safer society Gcuwa said they also face some challenges. At first, he said they had a lot of members in the patrol but the numbers began to dwindle as their efforts continued to intensify. However, they still have a dedicated and stable number of committed members.

He said a few weeks after initiating the patrol there was a huge difference in the crime rate. He said their efforts were recognised by the police as well as community members, with crime decreasing significantly.

“Young boys from the area started gangsterism and would fight each other but we managed to stop that and they now play sports together as a result,” he said.

He said they also help out in other areas. He cited a house break-in in Pinelands. The culprits were caught on camera and through the assistance of the patrol they were all identified and arrested. With winter looming large in the horizon the group is bracing itself for another challenge. They have no winter items such as boots and jackets. “We do not get paid for what we do, we need to at least get some support so that we can buy the necessary equipment we need,” he said.

He said anyone who would like to help them can deposit money into Nedbank Club Account, account number 2013541562.


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