Top cop leaves Parow

Parow police station has an acting station commander, following the departure of Colonel Gert Nel, to the cluster office in Bellville.

The station’s head of visible policing, Lieutenant Colonel Falakhe Dyanti, is acting station commander. He has been at the station for just over a year.

Colonel Nel had been at the helm of Parow SAPS since April 2015 (“New Parow police chief cleaning house,” Northern News, April 22, 2015). He promised service delivery and crime prevention would be top of his priorities.

At a Parow sector 2 sub-forum meeting on Tuesday January 31, a resident said Colonel Nel had arrived with “great fanfare, but left quietly”.

“This happened in December already,” the man said.

“Colonel Nel took over the reins at Parow five months after the arrest of 10 officers on corruption charges (“Parow cop-shop clean-up,” Northern News November 12, 2014).

Two weeks later, another officer was arrested on charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice (“Another Parow cop bust,” Northern News, November 26, 2014.)

It did not help the station’s reputation when another officer was arrested in September 2016 on charges of corruption, dealing in drugs, possession of drugs and possession of stolen property.

Constable Raymond Maarman was arrested, along with two officers from Strand and Macassar (“Cops bust their own on drugs, graft charges,” Northern News, September 21, 2016).

Northern News asked Tygerberg Cluster commander General Thembikile Patekile when new station commanders would be appointed at Parow and Goodwood, which also has an acting head since the departure of Brigadier Hansia Hansraj last year (“Goodbye to Goodwood’s ‘Iron Lady’”, Northern News, November 23, 2016).

In an email response from the provincial communications office, General Patekile said Colonel Nel’s shift to the cluster office was a “duty arrangement due to health reasons”.

He added: “The process to appoint commanders in vacant posts has commenced and is yet to be finalised.”

* At the sub-forum meeting, various neighbourhood watches gave feedback on issues they encounter on patrol.

The Parow West Neighbourhood Watch reported an increase in thefts of dogs. In one case, a resident’s two dogs were stolen, one returned after a week, severely traumatised.

Residents believe the dogs are stolen for dog fights.

Other problems are drug use at the tennis courts and on Giel Basson Drive.

This, a resident said, had led to residents of the Hernus Kriel Seniors’ Centre being fearful of going to the shops or the clinic.

* The Pacrif Neighbourhood Watch said there had been no progress with getting rid of drug houses in their midst.

Again, the problem houses in Parow Street and Carstens Street were mentioned (“Problem house headache in Parow”, Northern News, September 14, 2016).

A house in Cloete Street was attracting “ladies of the night”, said the resident, “because they’re selling drugs there”.

“Every week they get raided, but we’re not getting anywhere,” he said.

* De Tyger Neighbourhood Watch said residents now gave a donation to employ a person who cleaned the parks and main roads every Sunday.

* Parow Park’s representative said residents there were negative towards the police.

He complained about crimes the police had failed to respond to, although he added that he understood their resources were limited.

* Fairfield Neighbourhood Watch asked councillor Leonore van der Walt (Ward 2) about a problem house in Timmerman Street.

She said the sale of the house was still being finalised.

The City is charging a monthly fine of R10 000 because it is a problem building.

* Parow Community Police Forum’s monthly meeting will be held at Hernus Kriel Centre on Monday February 13, at 7pm.

Call Captain Kevin Williams at 082 499 4056 for details.