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Communities urged to join the fight against crime
​The community of Chesterfi eld Road in Newlands West
has committed to cleaning up the ward and reporting
crime to police.

TO BUILD safe neighbourhoods and win the war against crime, communities need to unite in fighting the scourge and not merely be spectators of illegal activities.

These sentiments were expressed by law enforcement agencies, residents and Ward 37 Councillor Gugu Zulu during a community meeting held on 25 February at Chesterfield Road in Newlands West. 

The meeting was called by the community following a spate of burglaries and robberies in the area. Councillor Zulu said it was disheartening that the alleged perpetrators were known to the community as they were members of the very community in which they committed their crimes. “We understand your anger, however let the law take its course. Every citizen has a role to play in helping to build safe communities. We are here today to come up with solutions,” she appealed to angry residents.

She said the concerns raised during the meeting would be prioritised by her office. “We are going to convene a meeting with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and all relevant law enforcement agencies to deal with this matter urgently.” Councillor Zulu said the issue of crime was affecting Chesterfield Road and surrounding areas. “The entire ward is affected by crime especially house break-ins and robberies as well as car high jacking.”

She said other areas had successfully turned the crime situation around by coming together to form street committees and WhatsApp groups to report suspicious activities. “This has resulted in a decrease in criminal activity. We will invite people from those areas to come and share their experience and expertise with us.”

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