Umhlanga Reserve residents fed up with crime

Police Captain Bonginkosi Dludla urges community members to partner with the police in fighting crime. Listening attentively are iNduna Dumisani Khoza and Ward Committee member Dumisani Mhlongo

CRIME has become the order of the day in Umhlanga Reserve outside Ngwelezana, and the community has declared war.

This was the fighting mood that prevailed at a ward 27 community meeting aimed at establishing a local Crime Policing Forum (CPF).

Local resident Bonginhlahla Mkhonza, who has been at the forefront of combatting crime in the area, said he was saddened that criminal activity they fought hard to reduce, was on the increase again.

‘I fully support strengthening our CPF structure by electing new members. We have vacancies that need to be filled since some of our members have passed away.

‘We do have other challenges with regard to service delivery in this area, but declaring war against crime has become our priority.

‘Six houses have been broken into last week alone. Two of those houses belong to members of the police.

‘A woman was held at gunpoint at the entrance of my house, leaving us guessing whether she was the intended target or whether the criminals were coming after me. That is how serious the situation is. We must join forces with the police and take these criminals head-on,’ he said.

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Empangeni’s Captain Bonginkosi Dludla said crime was affecting the welfare of all citizens, adding that the police were willing to join hands with the community to fight crime.

‘Our belief is that if we work in partnership with you, we will win this battle, because the perpetrators come from the same community. They live with us, they are our children,’ he said.

Dludla also rejected suggestions of involving other community structures such as Isikebhe, saying there have been numerous complaints regarding Isikebhe’s operations.

At the meeting Scelo Ntombela, Sifiso Ngema, Musa Jobe and Nathi Chonco were elected as new additional members of the Umhlanga CPF.


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