Huge concerns over

2019-05-14 06:00

The community of Southfield has been hit by a spate of violent crimes over the past year and they feel their concerns are falling on deaf ears, according to James Prinsloo.

Southfield residents are at their wits’ end, calling on authorities to make an effort to curb the crime in the area, with little to no progress being made on the implementation of crime-stopping ideas from residents.

“We have had interaction with our ward councillor yet he keeps giving us the run around, we have approached our community police forum (CPF) which promised us more police visibility, to no avail. We honestly don’t see any visible policing unless something has happened where our residents get robbed at gunpoint,” Prinsloo explains.

“We also vented our frustrations with sector and station commanders at Diep River police yet absolutely nothing has been done.”

He continues: “Our families, houses get robbed and burgled yet it takes the police up to two hours to come for statements or view the scene. I mean, one house in a specific street was burgled four times in a span of two weeks, yet nothing gets done.”

Aslam Hartnick’s home has been burgled eight times since the start of this year, in addition to three armed robberies that have taken place in front of his home.

While this is deeply disturbing for him, he says: “The irony is that it has become the norm for crimes to happen at an alarming rate.”

Diep River police spokesperson, Constable Zak Marais responded, saying that the station is in compliance with response times as per National Instruction.

Another occurrence which has the community crying out is the location of the robberies taking place.

Prinsloo says that a number of parents have been robbed at gunpoint, on the doorsteps of a crèche.

“Then our facilitators’ cars get broken into, all of which we report as we have numerous incident report numbers, which we received calling 10111, yet our ward councillor and police are nowhere to be seen or heard,” Prinsloo laments.

In an effort to have their voices heard, they have launched a petition to improve the situation in the community and have their demands met for a more visible police presence.

“We have requested from our ward councillor to put a turnstile up on the M5, which most criminals use as an escape route.

“He advised us against freedom of movement, yet it has been proven to be beneficial to other neighbourhoods in the southern suburbs and around Cape Town – Newlands, Bergvliet, Goodwood,” Prinsloo says.

Ward 72 councillor, Kevin Southgate says that the complaints from Southfield residents are being investigated by the City of Cape Town’s speaker, Dirk Smit. He declined to comment until the investigation has been concluded.

Marais says the matter has been discussed with Southgate and complaints can be directed to diepriversaps@saps.gov.za for investigation.

The community of Southfield has been hit by a spate of violent crimes over the past year and they feel their concerns are falling on deaf ears, according to James Prinsloo.

Southfield residents are at their wits’ end, calling on authorities to make an effort to curb the crime in the area, with little to no progress being made on the implementation of crime-stopping ideas from residents.

“We have had interaction with our ward councillor yet he keeps giving us the run around, we have approached our community police forum (CPF) which promised us more police visibility, to no avail. We honestly don’t see any visible policing unless something has happened where our residents get robbed at gunpoint,” Prinsloo explains.

“We also vented our frustrations with sector and station commanders at Diep River police yet absolutely nothing has been done.”

He continues: “Our families, houses get robbed and burgled yet it takes the police up to two hours to come for statements or view the scene. I mean, one house in a specific street was burgled four times in a span of two weeks, yet nothing gets done.”

Aslam Hartnick’s home has been burgled eight times since the start of this year, in addition to three armed robberies that have taken place in front of his home.

While this is deeply disturbing for him, he says: “The irony is that it has become the norm for crimes to happen at an alarming rate.”

Diep River police spokesperson, Constable Zak Marais responded, saying that the station in compliance with response times as per National Instruction.

Another occurrence which has the community crying out is the location of the robberies taking place.

Prinsloo says that a number of parents have been robbed at gunpoint, on the doorsteps of a crèche. “Then our facilitators’ cars get broken into, all of which we report as we have numerous incident report numbers, which we received calling 10111, yet our ward councillor and police are nowhere to be seen or heard,” Prinsloo laments.

In an effort to have their voices heard, they have launched a petition to improve the situation in the community and have their demands met for a more visible police presence.“We have requested from our ward councillor to put a turnstile up on the M5, which most criminals use as an escape route. “He advised us against freedom of movement, yet it has been proven to be beneficial to other neighbourhoods in the southern suburbs and around Cape Town – Newlands, Bergvliet, Goodwood,” Prinsloo says.

Ward 72 councillor, Kevin Southgate says that the complaints are being investigated by the City of Cape Town’s speaker, Dirk Smit. He declined to comment until the investigation has been concluded.

Marais says the matter has been discussed with Southgate and complaints can be directed to diepriversaps@saps.gov.za for investigation.

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