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2015-08-04 06:01
A new subforum executive committee has been elected in sector 2 of the Lansdowne policing precinct. Sedick Kalam is the new chairperson. 

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A new subforum executive committee has been elected in sector 2 of the Lansdowne policing precinct. Sedick Kalam is the new chairperson. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A new subforum executive committee was elected during a sector 2 election at Kenwyn Primary School on Wednesday evening last week.

The new executive has vowed to tackle crime head-on in the sector and to carry on with the efforts of the previous subforum committee.

Newly elected chairperson Sedick Kalam said he was grateful for the confidence bestowed in him by the residents who voted in the election.

“I know this is a very responsible position and I intend to do it to the best of my ability. I will also take guidance from the individuals who have now passed on the baton,” he said.

Kalam added he had a passion for safety and security and experience in strategic planning.

“I believe this will be beneficial in carrying out my task as chairperson of this executive. If we all work together we can stamp out crime in our area,” he said.

During the meeting, which was attended by residents, the police sector chairperson and Lansdowne police station commander Colonel Jan Alexander said he would be transferred to a new police station in the next two months.

“I am definitely going to miss the Lansdowne precinct. It has been a real pleasure working in the area. From my side I want to thank the community for their cooperation and understanding,” Alexander said.

At the meeting, Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson Hanif Loonat said the area was “the most notorious cluster in the province”.

“We are challenged by gangs and drugs and we need to mobilise our communities to fight the scourge of crime. However, I would like to commend this sector for tackling their issues head-on because the sector has experienced a considerable drop in crime compared to a year ago. It is only through the efforts of the community and working with the police to get these results,” Loonat said.

“People need to make a habit of being inquisitive. Get to know your neighbours and in this way you will be better equipped with information about people coming in and out of your street,” Loonat said.

The Lansdowne police has urged residents and business owners to be vigilant, especially in the event of a robbery.

“Remember that robbers are extremely nervous and as such are extremely dangerous. Your first priority should be the safety of yourself, your employees and customers. Do not try and be a hero,” the police say in a statement.

The police have also urged witnesses to record information such as the colour of suspects’ hair, eyes and facial features.

“Also try to notice unusual marks such as scars or tattoos, speech accents, mannerisms, clothing and jewellery as well as an estimate of the person’s approximate age, height and build.”

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