Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty re­cei­ves pe­ti­ti­on from con­cer­ned re­si­dents

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GRAAFF-REINET — Re­si­dents re­cent­ly hand-de­li­ver­ed a pe­ti­ti­on to Dr Ed­ward Rankwa­na, Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger of Dr Bey­ers Nau­de Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

The pe­ti­ti­on, con­tai­ning al­most one and a half thou­sand sig­na­tu­res, was an ur­gent plea from mem­bers of the bro­a­der com­mu­ni­ty in­clu­ding Hor­ses­hoe, Kroon­va­le, U­ma­zi­sa­hke, as well as SA and fo­reign tou­ris­ts, to in­sist on ser­vi­ce de­li­very from the Law En­for­ce­ment and Pro­tecti­on Ser­vi­ces of­fi­cers of the Dr. Bey­ers Nau­de mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

Until such ti­me as the by-laws of the new Dr Bey­er’s Nau­de Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty are fi­na­li­sed, the pre­vi­ous Cam­de­boo Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty by­laws are sup­po­sed to re­main in pla­ce.

“Nu­me­rous re­que­sts, in the form of let­ters and e-mails, ha­ve been sent to DBNLM du­ring the past y­e­ar – this is now the fi­nal straw!

A­ni­mal con­t­rol, the re­mo­val of il­le­gal car guards, s­treet ven­dors, il­le­gal dum­ping are all tas­ks that fall within the job des­crip­ti­on of the lo­cal Law En­for­ce­ment of­fi­cers - ho­we­ver, at this sta­ge, no acti­on is ta­ken by the­se of­fi­cers to stop the of­fen­ders.” said one of the con­cer­ned re­si­dents.

“The re­si­dents want acti­on and re­sults. The lack of law en­for­ce­ment has re­sul­ted in the com­mu­ni­ty’s frus­tra­ti­on and a need for acti­on,” he said.

Re­gar­ding their pe­ti­ti­on, the re­si­dents said they want to see the mu­ni­ci­pal Law En­for­ce­ment Of­fi­cers, acti­ve­ly ta­king to the streets – dai­ly and con­ti­nu­al­ly – to re­mo­ve the scour­ge of il­le­gal car guards on­ce and for all, as well as s­treet ven­dors from the town’s pa­vements, to stop tho­se dum­ping was­te il­le­gal­ly, to rid the streets of stray a­ni­mals and en­s­u­re the sa­fe­ty of mo­to­ris­ts and to stop the pu­blic u­ri­na­ting and de­fe­ca­ting in pu­blic spa­ces.

Of­fi­cers need to be con­stant­ly vi­si­ble to dis­coura­ge the­se il­le­gal acti­vi­ties and en­s­u­re a cle­a­ner, sa­fer and mo­re li­va­ble town for all its re­si­dents.

Le­o­lynn S­mith, the Dr Bey­ers Nau­dé Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons of­fi­cer, con­fir­med that the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty had in­deed re­cei­ved the pe­ti­ti­on and that the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty will en­de­a­vour to re­spond to the pe­ti­ti­on as soon as pos­si­ble.

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