Re­serve safety plans ‘must be put into ac­tion now’

Pretoria News - - METRO - JAMES MAHLOKWANE james.mahlokwane@inl.co.za

AL­THOUGH crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in Klap­perkop Na­ture Re­serve has gone down, plans and ideas to erad­i­cate the prob­lem lacked proper co-or­di­na­tion and execution from all role play­ers.

This was ac­cord­ing to ward coun­cil­lor Shaun Wilkin­son, who said ev­ery­thing that had been dis­cussed to deal with crim­i­nals who have ter­rorised cy­clists and vis­i­tors in the re­serve needed to be co-or­di­nated. He said the plans should be ex­e­cuted this year, or crim­i­nals would win the war.

He said that since security ef­forts were in­creased af­ter meet­ings late last year, crim­i­nals had been mov­ing out of the re­serves. The pri­vate security com­pa­nies tasked with en­sur­ing safety had made nu­mer­ous ar­rests.

“There are ar­rests that were made by the guys pro­vid­ing security ser­vices and that’s great, but now we need to come to­gether and ac­tu­ally start im­ple­ment­ing what was dis­cussed.

“It’s all well and good when we con­sult all the role play­ers and every­one says what they’re go­ing to do, but un­til we get that done this na­ture re­serve will never be safe.

“That’s why I say things have got bet­ter, but I still main­tain that cy­clists and vis­i­tors must be very cau­tious when go­ing to the re­serves.

“We don’t want to have peo­ple think­ing it’s all good. We are still talk­ing with every­one, in­clud­ing the City of Tsh­wane,” he said.

Wilkin­son will be host­ing pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion meet­ings in Groen­kloof on Jan­uary 29 and 31 where res­i­dents can con­trib­ute their ideas to im­prove safety and security in the com­mu­nity.

Stake­hold­ers will also have an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss start­ing to co-or­di­nate all the plans and ex­e­cut­ing them so crim­i­nals are made to fear tar­get­ing in­no­cent peo­ple in the fa­cil­ity.

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