Community take a stand on crime

Executive members and volunteers of the newly formed street committee.
Executive members and volunteers of the newly formed street committee.

Residents in Hockey Street have taken a stand to make their street safer.

Following a long break without an active safety committee, the residents have again banded together to take back their streets.

The Block Committee consisting Hockey, Bicycle, Glider and Rolbal streets has been recently re-established, says newly elected chair, Warda Majiet.

“(There was previously a committee) but as the people grew older it started fading,” she says.

“The reason why we started to form this group now was because we are fed-up with gangsterism, the (robberies) and because we want our youth back.”

The most common causes for concern for the committee is the escalating gangsterism and robberies, but also the incidence of stone-throwing which occurs.

There are six people on the executive committee along with other members.

Since they have become active, the members have been patrolling the area throughout the day. This has already made a difference, says Majiet who noted a decrease in robberies since they started.

Majiet encourages more people to join a safety forum to keep crime at bay.

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