Dangerous streets in Lwandle, Nomzamo

Phaliso Street is said to be one of six dangerous street in the area of Lwandle and Nomzmo. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI
Phaliso Street is said to be one of six dangerous street in the area of Lwandle and Nomzmo. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Lwandle and Nomzamo has six dark, dangerous streets that have been identified as a battleground after a spate of robberies, assaults and murder.

The men and women in blue have raised the alarm to residents to avoid the area or walk in groups when using the streets.

It is believed that workers commuting from or to work as well as those that come from nearby taverns in the early hours of the morning, are mostly the victims.

The streets are Phaliso, Mgidlana, Micheal, Shumani, Xaki and Lonja streets.

Colonel Xolani Williams, station commander at Lwandle Police Station, told City Vision that thugs were pouncing on their victims by using dark spots to attack.

“Street robberies occur when people are going to or from work. We have already deployed officers at these times, but there are no specific times as the thugs are using every opportunity they get,” he said.

Williams said assaults and murders were also occurring when people come from taverns in the early hours of the morning.

He warned residents not to wear clothes to work that identify them from a distance.

“They must try to walk in groups. They must not use their cell phones on their way to work and wait until they get to their destination. They must use the routes that are highly lit and make sure there is light where they are walking,” he advised.

Siyabonga Macaula, Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairman, told City Vision that the issue of dangerous streets with no street lights has also been brought to their attention.

“We immediately notified both councillors, Jongidumo Maxheke and Simthembile Mfencane, because this falls under their duties as councillors.

“We further feel as the CPF that streets without lights are a barrier to society, especially those who cannot afford to buy cars for themselves. They become targets when they walk to work,” he said.

Macaula said they strongly appeal to ward councillors to attend to this immediately to help improve safety in “our streets”.

Mfecane, the ward 85 councillor, told City Vision the issue of electricity gives him sleepless nights as it brings crime to the area.

“From last month I have been busy with officials about this matter and they promised me that it would be fixed by Wednesday (yesterday).

“I’m very sorry for the people of Nomzamo and Asanda village about this. The City of Cape Town is failing our communities.

“ODTP (the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan) must fall – this is not working for our communities,” he said.

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