All need to play a role

2019-07-16 06:00
Melvin Jonkers was under fire, trying to calm the heated arguments at the three hour-long Grassy Park CPF public meeting. PHOTOs: Nomzamo yuku

Melvin Jonkers was under fire, trying to calm the heated arguments at the three hour-long Grassy Park CPF public meeting. PHOTOs: Nomzamo yuku

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The saying ‘if you cannot catch a fish, do not blame the sea’ became a reality at Grassy Park Community Policing (CPF) meeting as blames were cast back and forth between the community and the police.

This emotionally charged public meeting was attended by different law enforcement agencies at Bruce Road Community Hall on Tuesday 9 July.

It followed that which Grassy Park police failed to attend on Tuesday 11 June in Lotus River (”Police absence angers residents”, People’s Post, 25 June). In that meeting complaints were made in the police absence and last night the station commander, colonel Dawood Laing apologised and gave feedback to the complaints.

Complaints included poor service and unethical behaviour by the alleged station, traffic congestions and impact of the new commercial developments and dumping.

Residents came in numbers to listen to the feedback, however, they were not satisfied. They challenged the CPF and the police to “man up” and seek solutions on behalf of the residents.

This was after Melvin Jonkers, CPF chairperson along with its spokesperson, Philip Bam could not give detailed responses about what the correspondence from the City of Cape Town meant for the community regarding the developments of two supermarkets on Victoria Road.

According to them the City advised that there were no environmental and traffic studies were necessary as the development were at a zoned are for general commercial developments. They said City told them the owners were however, required to provide sufficient parking area to avoid congestions.

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