New anti-gangs rally

2016-01-26 10:09
The Grassy Park police and the Grassy Park Community Police Forum created a new campaign, #GangsterismMustFall. Pictured in back row from left are Major Etienne van Ede, Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith and Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Esau. In the front row from left are Fuad Titus, Colonel Shawn van Wyk and Philip Bam.

The Grassy Park police and the Grassy Park Community Police Forum created a new campaign, #GangsterismMustFall. Pictured in back row from left are Major Etienne van Ede, Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith and Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Esau. In the front row from left are Fuad Titus, Colonel Shawn van Wyk and Philip Bam. (CHEVON BOOYSEN )

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A new hashtag has hit the Grassy Park area and police are encouraging everyone to use it.
A new campaign, called #GangsterismMustFall, is an effort to “keep out violent crimes and violent actions in the area”, says Grassy Park police station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk.
“This campaign was started with the intention of ridding our areas of gangsters and violent crimes related to gangsterism. In the new year we are looking at new and fresh ideas to deal with gang-related cases, which includes dedicated officers attending to these kind of crimes,” Van Wyk says.
He adds the campaign kicked off on Monday last week. All residents have been encouraged to join the movement.
“The initiative was born out of an idea which comes with the history and activity in Grassy Park. We want this campaign to bring about change in the community and we are also aware of other organisations punting the same idea with the same objectives and we definitely support them,” Van Wyk says.
He further adds frustration is created when the “minority is causing upset in the area”.
“However, I believe that through partnerships with the Community Police Forum, residents and neighbourhood watches in the area, we will see positive results.
“Although we have only reached a few people at this stage to get the word out, we have received positive feedback so far,” Van Wyk says.

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