Subforum revived in full meeting

2015-08-11 06:00
A new sector 1 subforum executive was elected at the Lansdowne civic centre on Wednesday evening last week.  

Chevon Booysen

A new sector 1 subforum executive was elected at the Lansdowne civic centre on Wednesday evening last week. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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After the subforum in sector 1 in Lansdowne had been dormant for many months, a new subforum was elected at the Lansdowne civic centre on Wednesday evening last week.

Six new members filled the positions that were vacant.

In a packed hall (the fullest meeting held in the precinct since sub orum elections started two weeks ago) residents and stakeholders fervently took part in the election process.

Maahir Moos was elected as the new chairperson. The vice-chairperson position was filled by Ashraf Kenny while the secretary position was filled by Rehana Saal. Warrant Officer Gregory Grey was appointed as secretary. Riyaad Kearns will serve as treasurer and Anita Fabe fills the position of spokesperson. The project coordinator position was filled by Moosa Omar.

One aim in sightMoos thanked everyone for their vote of confidence and said he was ready to take up the chairmanship.

“The reality of the situation is that our sector is challenged by crime. However, what we must keep sight of is the unity in the fight against crime. Our first step to working together is to admit that we will disagree because we come from a diverse community but let’s agree to disagree,” Moos said.

He added residents and stakeholders “should not lose sight of what we are doing this for. We are here to fight crime”.

The election evening incorporated a police imbizo meeting to highlight issues in the sector.

Ward councillor Anthea Green addressed the meeting and said she was very excited about tackling crime in the ward.

“I am very happy to see the turnout at this meeting. It is great to see that our community is uniting against crime and taking an interest in what is happening in our sector,” Green said.

Change in crime trends

She also thanked all neighbourhood watches in the area.

“You are doing an amazing job. There definitely has been a change in crime trends in our area and we can only hope for this to continue,” she said.

Ward councillor Monty Oliver also thanked neighbourhood watch members for their diligent work.

“We need to thanks these agencies for the work they are doing. We need to now focus on strengthening our neighbourhood watches,” Oliver said.

He said the City of Cape Town was looking at a plan to extend law enforcement services to “address the issue of the upsurge in crime”.

During the meeting 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.

He also encouraged the newly elected subforum executive to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.

“Be prepared to serve your community in partnership with the police. We are all here for one common goal and that is to eradicate crime,” he added

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