Subforum elected

2018-10-23 06:01
Ward 78 councillor Eddie Andrews, assistant secretary Joshua Claasen, sector commander Warrant Officer Morne Kleinhans, CPF secretary Lynn Phillips, projects co-ordinator Brad Sitzer, CPF deputy chairperson Ashley Potts, (front) deputy chairperson Lesley Sawyer, chairperson Bonita Wood and secretary Rene Lottering.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Ward 78 councillor Eddie Andrews, assistant secretary Joshua Claasen, sector commander Warrant Officer Morne Kleinhans, CPF secretary Lynn Phillips, projects co-ordinator Brad Sitzer, CPF deputy chairperson Ashley Potts, (front) deputy chairperson Lesley Sawyer, chairperson Bonita Wood and secretary Rene Lottering.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Following delays as a result of the lack of a quorum, the Westridge Community Policing Forum (CPF) Subforum has been elected.

The elections went ahead uncontested on Tuesday. As it was the fourth attempt, the meeting went ahead with the individuals and organisations present.

“The constitution is clear that after the third [failed] attempt we can continue with the elections. Westridge needs a structure. They cannot only have block committees and not a structure,” says Lynn Phillips, CPF secretary, who led the meeting.

“Westridge has become a hotspot.”

There were 17 people present at the elections with two apologies. Those present included ward 78 councillor, Eddie Andrews, two CPF representatives and sector commander Warrant Officer Morne Kleinhans­.

“I hope that this is the springboard. We need a lot more blocks established – not only to fight crime but to prevent crime,” says Ashley Potts, deputy chairperson of the CPF.

Elected at the meeting were Bonita Wood as chairperson, Lesley Sawyer as deputy chairperson, Rene Lottering as secretary, Joshua Claasen as assistant secretary and Brad Sitzer as projects co-ordinator.

The executive committee has the power to further co-opt members to the executive as they need expertise in future.

Residents expressed thanks and pledged their support for the new committee.

“Safety is all of our concern and we must work together,” says Andrews.

Ceejay Williams says they have a challenge ahead of them, but he is happy to see the young committee that will uphold the best interests of the residents.

Wood thanked them for their faith in her and said: “Let us work together. We can’t do it alone. We need people and we are going to make it.”

The body has been elected to serve for the next five years and revived the previous committee which had been dormant for five years after being disbanded.

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