POINT RESIDENTS TAKE INITIATIVE FOR THEIR SAFETY
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
Point Community Policing Forum (CPF) and residences took their fight against crime and drugs to the street on Saturday.
Members of Point community marched from City Hall to Point police station to take part in the battle for their safety.
A 52-year-old woman from Johannesburg, Maki Tlaki, who has lived in the area for 19 years revealed that there are abandoned buildings in the area where criminals reside.
“It is hard for us to reach taxis, those who are living in the old buildings threaten us,” Tlaki said.
Tlaki mentioned that they are not safe anymore, “since the Urban Management Zone (UMZ) members were reduced”.
Police have failed to arrest the people living there, she said.
The area is one of Durban’s busiest tourist attractions, with its numerous hotels, uShaka Marine World and beaches.
Chairperson of the forum, Vuyani Msomi, lamented the relatively low turnout.
“The attendance was very poor but we are happy because this is our first programme,” Msomi said.
The members of this “whistle blowers” forum revealed that they went to all parts of the beachfront and South Beaches surrounding areas to inform residents about the march.
“CPF is willing to work with anyone and everyone to maintain the safety of their residences. We have more than 10 university buildings and churches here. We will be working with their leaders and other forums to fight this,” Msomi added.
They also urged the community of South Beach and surroundings to unite as they are planning a “know your neighbour” campaign to make sure that everyone takes part in the fight against crime.
“We should have programmes that will keep us together. We also want to meet the structures that represent foreign people living in Point,” Msomi said.
Msomi asked the foreign citizens to join them in their projects since there was no one representing them.
Msomi concluded that they want to see them take part in community marches of this nature because these problems also affect them.