Community urged to step up

2015-08-26 11:32
Resudents piled into the Lobilia Hall to discuss and resolve crime issues.

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Resudents piled into the Lobilia Hall to discuss and resolve crime issues. PHOTO: samantha lee

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Lentegeur residents filled Lobelia Hall recently to voice their concerns about growing crime trends in the area.

Drugs, child justice act, robberies and “impractical laws” were some of the hot topics up for discussion at the meeting on Tuesday 18 August.

Dan Plato, provincial minster for community safety, local and national members of parliament, ward councillor Gouwa Timm, local police and the Lentegeur Community Policing forum were in attendance to address concerns raised by residents.

One resident says the killings are getting out of hand.

“These are all empty promises, the people have had enough. We need to force the government to do something so that we can have a better life,” said the resident.

But Plato maintains that it is not the responsibility of the government alone.

“It is not only our responsibility to fight crime. Parents cannot complain about their children if they sit back and allow it to happen. We cannot be expected to put a policeman in your house,” said Plato.

Another resident said that meetings are not the answer and that a solution needs to be found.

Plato’s solution was to send him a list of perpetrators, incident times and specific information.

He encouraged residents to forward a list of troublemakers directly to him so that he could take action.

“I want a detailed list. If the same names keep coming up we will ask the police why this person is not being looked into,” he said.

He added that the parent is also at fault.

“If your child carries a gun and you know about it, then you are saying it is ok for your child to be a killer,” he said.

Sector Commander Sergeant Booysen said he too does not condone this behaviour.

“I arrested a mother for hiding her son’s drugs,” he explained.

Many also asked that the justice act be looked into in order to make it more difficult for criminals to get bail.


Plato suggests residents text him relevant and detailed information on 076 832 5505

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