‘Problem house’ a huge concern

2019-01-29 06:01

Residents of New Horizon have expressed their concerns about a house in the area where they believe illegal activities are taking place.

Neighbours demonstrated outside the address, known to People’s Post, last week, but the crowd was quickly dispersed as it was not an organised demonstration.

Mannie Ganief, ward committee member for safety and security for ward 67 and chairperson of the New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch, confirmed that the protest action was not a formalised march, but he was there to witness proceedings.

“It was not a march to the said address. It was neighbours and a few surrounding residents supporting the cause. The civic chairperson was present and neighbourhood watch members as well. I explained to the concerned residents that protocol needs to be followed as the gathering was illegal. To them I will be there in solidarity, but can’t be part of it, but will only be there to monitor and observe. I feel the pain of that part of the community as to what they must go through,” he said.

Ganief added that there have been numerous complaints from residents, with police conducting regular raids on the premises.

“Drugs were found, arrests were made, which means the police have done their work. But the court fails the community as the very same people are back on the streets doing the same thing.

“The people got fed up with these activities and confronted the alleged drug dealer as old people and children’s lives get affected by their activities during the day, right through the night and the early morning hours,” he said.

Spokesperson for Grassy Park police, Captain Wynita Kleinsmith, confirmed the action taken by residents.

“It is believed that they want the current homeowner removed from the premises due to the illicit activities happening at the premises,” said Kleinsmith.

She confirmed that several raids were conducted at the address, further confirming that drugs were found and arrests were made.

“The situation was monitored by local police officers,” added Kleinsmith, who could not confirm how many cases have been made, nor the progress with those investigations.

“For this month the house was raided three times with an arrest made for possession of drugs. The station commander, Colonel Dawood Liang, further urges the community to work and report illicit activities to Grassy Park Police Station in order for the police to deal with drug dens and gang activities in the precinct,” she concluded.

Ganief urged residents to maintain vigilance, while he hopes a meeting can be arranged with all stakeholders soon.

“The way forward, by the parties involved, is the station commander and the sector commander will be approached. Also, a meeting will be called by me for all who are concerned about safety in the area in order to put a plan of action in place so that the people in charge of the City would be approached.

“We demand the City to start acting because the houses where the criminal activities are happening mostly are rented out. The owners are not staying in the houses and [the houses] have even been sold to these bad elements.”

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