Plea to curb violence at home

2016-09-20 06:00

Domestic violence in Ottery has become a huge concern to the Grassy Park police.

This is according to station commander, Colonel Shawn van Wyk, who stressed that the domestic violence is “difficult to police”.

This information was recently shared at a police imbizo held on Thursday 16 September at the Ottery Civic Centre.

“This crime is especially difficult to police because it is happening behind closed doors. Although the Ottery area has been very quiet in recent months, we are of the sentiment that the violence outside has now transferred into our homes,” Van Wyk says.

Van Wyk explains crimes such as assault, rape, malicious damage to property and restraining orders are “crimes that are keeping (them) very busy at the moment”.

“At this stage we would like our religious organisations and leaders to step in and assist with anger management courses. We cannot allow our children in the community to think that this is okay. At the end of the day they will inherit this behaviour and this will be a continuous cycle,” he says.

Van Wyk has urged those involved in domestic violence situations to speak to someone they trust to assist in getting help for the victim.

Sector 4 manager Captain Isaac Hanekom says he is also pleased that gang violence in the area has subsided. “Last year around this time we would not have had so many people coming to a police meeting in Ottery,” he said. “We had gang violence here last year where two gangs were responsible for the loss of many lives, both young and old. But thankfully a prayer chain was held in the area thanks to the efforts of our subforum chairperson Jonathan Africa. Afterwards I can honestly say there has been a positive change.”

Hanekom raised another concern during operations. “We need the community to understand that when we come in and do operations in the area they cannot be hindering police work by throwing stones at us, forcing us to leave the area. The community cannot be held hostage by those who are not law-abiding citizens. I urge all those concerned residents in the community to please help police carry out their task to ensure a safer community for all,” he urges.

“We have also noticed that when it is quiet in Ottery, then house break-ins and burglaries escalate in Ferness Estate and neighbouring areas. But thankfully through the efforts of our neighbourhood watches they have really ensured that crime is kept at bay and we take our hats off to them.”

Residents were also thanked for their part in curbing crime.

“We have been getting a lot of information from our residents and this shows that there is progress. We are very grateful for this,” he concludes

Community Policing Forum chairperson Fuad Titus also introduced the new website launched which punts the #GangsterismShallFall campaign.

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