Lights, drag racing discussed at sub-forum

Constable Pieter du Toit is the commander for Sector 1, which stretches from Van Riebeeck Road until, but not including the Stellenbosch Arterial, and until Nooiensfontein Road and then back to Van Riebeeck Road. The train station and CBD are within this sector. Constable Du Toit said muggings were the predominant crime within the sector. People walk with earphones and their cellphones openly and get mugged, he said. He reminded residents to lock their windows and doors and to get to know their neighbours. Constable Du Toit can be contacted at 082 522 1929 or 021 900 2822. The sectors patrol van can be contacted at 082 522 1878 or 021 900 2822.

Kuils River’s Sector 1 sub-forum has appealed to the ward councillor to light up the area’s dark fields.

“If a guy runs through there and lies flat, you not going to find him,” forum chairman Naeem Gabru told ward councillor Desiree Visagie at its monthly meeting on Thursday September 7.

“We’ve been talking about the lights for the last 25 years,” he said, adding that several requests had gone nowhere.

He asked if spotlights could be put up.

Ms Visagie, in whose ward the area falls, said the City did not want to install spotlights because they “attracted people” and other types of lighting could be looked at. “I will take it to the sub-council,” she said.

The forum also discussed ways to curb reckless drivers who showed off in modified cars.

It said drag racing and “popping wheelies” were becoming a trend in certain areas and posed a danger to the public.

“These guys are making a racetrack out of our streets,” said sector commander Constable Pieter du Toit.

Ms Visagie said the trend was one of the main reasons why residents asked for speed humps. Those were paid for from the
R850 000 ward allocation budget, which was recently upped from R700 000.

“I’ve allocated the extra R150 000 just for speed humps,” she said, noting that roads near schools had priority for them.

“Arendse Street has applied for speed humps and it has been approved,” Ms Visagie said.

* Ms Visagie said the City had allocated 15 radios for neighbourhood watches but she had delayed handing them out until an asset register could be created.

“The allocation wasn’t done properly before,” she said, explaining that there was no record of how and to whom the radios had been given previously.

Mr Gabru agreed that a register was needed and said that as the custodian of neighbourhood watches, the forum would create one.

“We also have the community questioning us about the allocation of radios, and we need to work together with you on this because the budget is with you,” he said.