Block watch disbanded

2018-07-24 06:00

A local block watch has been dissolved following allegations of misconduct from residents.

Residents from the Coot Block came out in their numbers in what is regarded as “one of the best attended community meetings in any area” by the Mitchell’s Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF).

The CPF facilitated the report-back meeting hosted by the Rocklands Subforum following a meeting held earlier this month between the then Coot Block Watch and a small delegation of residents.

“Last week we met and listened to the concerns of the residents. We listened to both sides and took it with us to make the decision,” said Ashley Potts, deputy chairperson of the CPF and meeting chairperson.

The Coot Block committee and members were absent from the meeting.

Abie Isaacs, CPF chairperson, confirms the date of the meeting was agreed to by all parties at the first meeting.

“As the CPF we have taken conscious decisions to the benefit of this community. Unfortunately a section of the community that were here last week (the Coot Block) have opted not to come,” he said.

“The current Coot Block are no longer in existence. They are dysfunctional and dissolved with immediate effect.”

He continued that the decision was made in line with the constitution of the CPF which governs them. It was then also decided on a meeting date that will see the election of new members to serve on a block watch.

The Coot Block operated within the boundaries of Westpoort Drive, Weltevreden Road, Cedar Avenue and parts of Dagbreek Lane.

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