Police lend a hand

2019-12-10 06:01
Mitchell’s Plain police with members of the WTDI foundation.PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

Mitchell’s Plain police with members of the WTDI foundation.PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

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Stealing a bottle of cooldrink landed a local charity worker in hot water, much to the shock and dismay of his neighbours.

At 15:00 on that Tuesday afternoon, police vehicles came zooming around the corner, sirens blaring, to arrest Edries Davids, We Desire To Inspire (WDTI) foundation’s chair and the suspected thief.

As they cuffed him and put him in the back of the police van, his neighbours screamed and were ready to attack officers or lay down in front of the vans, children were crying and ran home. Managing to subdue him and calm the crowd, officers drove off with Davids.

But as the van circled the block and returned to Jameson Street, residents were relieved to find it was nothing but a lesson.

In showing their fun side, teaching the local children a lesson and in giving back, it demonstrated that the community and the initiative has police support.

Officers from Mitchell’s Plain police station spent the rest of the afternoon helping members of the WDTI foundation to feed hundreds of children and adults from the surrounding Eastridge community.

Malcom Lips, who often volunteers, says this was the first of many engagements with the police. “The police have soccer tournaments and the foundation has a kids club so this is not a once-off.

“We cannot thank the police enough for what they have done. They were really brilliant,” says Lips.

“The people were so upset. I tried to tell them it was all going to be okay but they would not listen to me. When the van came back they were all so relieved.”

Davids says he was a bit sceptical about it at first.

“I was really concerned about the reaction of the people. But I agreed. It worked perfectly,” he says.

“Their reaction showed me the true value of this feeding scheme. People were crying and asking how can they take the father away? Where will they get food next week. There were people prepared to lay before the vans. They were pulling the police officers apart.”

Davids says he is happy his family can make a difference in the community.

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