Residents stand against crime

Encouraging members of the public to take proactive steps towards the fight against crime are (left) Captain Mark Prakasim, Renesh Heralall and Warrant Officer D. Munilall. Photo: Andile sithole
Encouraging members of the public to take proactive steps towards the fight against crime are (left) Captain Mark Prakasim, Renesh Heralall and Warrant Officer D. Munilall. Photo: Andile sithole

A VERULAM resident urged the public to heed the call made by national police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to take proactive steps towards the fight against crime in their communities.

Renesh Heralall (43), a member of the Verulam Farm Watch and owner of a clothing company in Verulam, volunteered to use his car to work with the police in sector four in a bid to eradicate crime in Verulam and surrounding areas.

Heralall said the upsurge of criminal activities such as car hijackings, house break-ins, house robberies, murder and theft of motor vehicles in Verulam motivated him to take a stand against crime.

“The police alone cannot succeed in the fight against crime. We all need to be proactive and assist the police in every way possible to curb crime in our communities. I have decided to volunteer and spend my spare time working with the sector four manager from the Verulam SAPS. I do patrols in the area with the police using my vehicle. I joined sector four policing forum in November last year and my intention to promote peace and safety to our communities.

“We visit community members and do crime awareness programmes. My intention is to work as a police reservist in the Verulam area.”

As the member of the Verulam Farm Watch Heralall together with other members, said he works around the clock in Oakford to combat crime in the area. Sector four includes Osindisweni, Inanda, Cottonlands, New Glasgow, Hazelmere and Canelands.

Police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko in his speech made at Empangeni in September 2015 when he officially opened Mambuka satellite police station, urged members of the public to work closely with the police in fight against crime. Nhleko have always been calling community members to work closely with the police to curb crime in the country.

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Mark said: “I wish there were more people like him [Heralall] because we get more people pointing fingers at the police.

“He volunteered to work with sector four commander. He is not yet part of our police reservists. He volunteered to work with the police in his spare time.”

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