Do something about crime

2015-07-09 06:00

IT is holiday season and I cannot help to recall my teenage memories as a visitor to the South Coast every holiday. That was before I became a local a few years ago.

I remember all the youngsters meeting on the beach early in the morning – even fishing from the rocks before sunrise and then after a day on the beach, went home to get ready for a night at the Palmgrove.

We walked the beach to De Wet’s Caravan Park (holiday flats now) after 12 at night. There was no fear of being stabbed or raped on the beach.

Margate has always been the holiday mecca of the South Coast, but people are forced to stay indoors at night and children have nowhere to go unless their parents accompany them. Even the guys who want to go jogging or walking on the beach early in the morning stand a chance to be robbed or stabbed for now reason at all.

I think it is time to do something about it because not only does it affect the holiday makers but also the businesses in Margate and surrounding areas.

The recent jazz festival left everybody indoors as it was too dangerous to go anywhere in town. Where are the people who can make our streets and beaches safe?

Like the zamma-zammas who invade our mines, unwelcome people invade our beaches. No one is safe because the criminals are everywhere in every bush and behind every rock. Take action. Make us proud to be a South Coaster and let us welcome the visitors to a safe place, not to the green mile leading to a death sentence.

The business sector should come up with something, the locals should help and the criminal factor that is polluting our space should be eliminated. It is time that not only the government but also the municipalities and every South African take a stand and get rid of these elements.

Why let them go to jail for free board and lodging, two meals a day and other luxuries. Let them deserve these luxuries. Let the prisoners fix the roads, even if on ball and chain as in other countries like the U.S. Let them be prisoners in the full word of the sense, and maybe then they will think twice before committing another crime.

Sorry to all the holiday makers who were looking forward to a safe holiday and were proved otherwise.

Mrs Anonymous

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