Donation gears neighbourhood watch to take to the streets

Members of the Lwandle Neighbourhood Watch’s crime fighting efforts have been boosted thanks to a donation of equipment on Friday 7 September.

The equipment, which includes reflector jackets, rechargeable flashlights and a first-aid kit, came in the knick of time, just before the release of the national crime statistics earlier this week.

The statistics were presented to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police by Bheki Cele, Minister of Police, on Tuesday 11 September. It showed 10 Western Cape police stations rank among the top 30 when it comes to the most registered murder cases over a 12-month period, from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

The donation was handed over to watch members as well as members of the Lwandle Community Policing Forum (CPF) and Lwandle police by Ward 86 councillor Jongidumo Maxheke.

Maxheke, who donated the much-needed equipment as part of his ward allocation budget, believes the equipment will help the neighbourhood watch execute its job effectively. He added that watch members play a pivotal role in safeguarding the community.

“This is to empower and encourage the watch members to do even more,” he said. “They are doing a sterling job for the communities of Lwandle and Nomzamo.”

The councillor further urged the community to assist police in their crime fighting efforts, as they alone will not be able to fight the endless scourge.

“As a community, we need to participate and assist the police wherever we can. They cannot do it alone,” he warned.

“If we stand together, this will go a long way to ensure crime is defeated in our communities.”

According to Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, spokesperson for Lwandle police, the neighbourhood watch was formed last year.

“It has begun operating and has completed the registration process,” he said. “The watch is now fully accredited, and the members now await the final phase of training, which will be conducted next month.”

Acting station commander for Lwandle police Captain JP du Toit expressed his sincere appreciation to Maxheke for donating the equipment to the neighbourhood watch.

He further stated that such initiative will immensely assist in crime prevention in the policing precinct.

Du Toit also appealed to the neighbourhood watch to look after the equipment and called on other community members to join the community patrol initiatives, assist in fighting crime and own their streets.

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