Pinetown CBD crime a concern

2018-07-17 06:01
PHOTO: nosipho mkhizePedestrians fear for their lives as the levels of crime in Pinetown CBD is on the increase.

PHOTO: nosipho mkhizePedestrians fear for their lives as the levels of crime in Pinetown CBD is on the increase.

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THE increased crime rate on the corner of Josiah Gumede Road and Old Main Road has left the public concerned, especially after images of a man being attacked by two men circulated on social media recently. The pictures left residents asking, “When will the increase in crime be dealt with?”

A Pinetown motorist who wished to remain anonymous said he has witnessed numerous criminal activities in the vicinity: “A lot of criminals rob motorists and pedestrians during peak hours. This road is always busy and that is why perpetrators attack. I have seen people being hijacked right in front of my eyes and I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Clermont resident Sibusiso Ngcobo said he is always cautious when he is around Pinetown CBD.

“The crime rate is high in this vicinity, but not only on these roads but in Pinetown CBD as a whole. Even though police patrol this area criminals still find a way to rob people.”

Nhlanhla Dlamini said he believes that the crime is conducted by whoonga addicts. “Most of these criminals are whoonga addicts. They usually rob people so they can sell the valuables for their next fix.

“I think the community must come together and help one another. If a person sees a criminal robbing someone then the public should call the police.”

Another motorist who wished to remain anonymous said police visibility should be a 24 hour service in that area.

“As much as police patrol this area I don’t think it is enough. People are robbed and sometimes injured when these criminals rob them. The public has been talking about the crime issue in this area for many years but, instead of it decreasing, I feel it’s getting worse.”

Pinetown SAPS communication officer BJ Manqele said: “Police are aware of the crime in that area and we are doing everything we can to curb the crime. We have police who patrol on police motorbikes and in police vehicles, however some criminals think they’re too smart because once the police are patrolling in another area they use that opportunity to rob people. We do make several arrests so a lot of the criminals don’t get away with it.”

He advised motorists to be vigilant when driving around the area. “I urge motorists to always be cautious when driving in that area. They must keep their windows and doors closed at all times and they must make sure that they don’t have valuables visible because it attracts criminals.

“I also advise pedestrians to be

cautious when walking along these roads because we receive many cases of people being robbed while on their cell phone. People must not answer their cell phone in a dangerous area; rather find a safe place to answer the call. I also advise people not try to fight back when criminals demand their valuables because you can be injured or killed if you don’t co-operate,” he said.

To share your views send an e-mail to nosipho.mkhize@media24.com

To report crime around Pinetown phone 031 325 5041 or 0800 101 11.

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