Kraaifontein unites to fight and overcome challenges of crime
Cape Town – Community leaders in Kraaifontein say that despite the history of violence in the area, the community is well on its way to overcoming its challenges.
According to the Kraaifontein Community Development Forum, residents are determined to turn the tide on violent crime.
The forum was addressed to Cape Argus after the murder and robbery of two traders in Wallacedene on Saturday, and the robbery of a local liquor store the week before.
Forum secretary Louis Botha said that while recent statistics on violent crime showed a 40% decrease, the commercial extortion mostly heard in other communities had started to take off in Kraaifontein.
Botha said: “Violent crimes that involve stabbing are always a major concern. Crimes related to domestic violence have decreased. However, areas like Scottsville and Scottsdene remain hot spots for gang crime.
“Extortion of companies in the CBD remains a challenge. Criminals extort money from businesses in our community, especially foreign domestic businesses.
“To put an end to it, we are currently in the process of developing sectoral security plans. These are expected by the end of May 2021. We have prioritized 8 crime zones. We believe that additional government resources will be made available once our security plan is ready to be implemented, ”Botha said.
Kraaifontein CPF Chairman Rob Bissette said: “As CPF we will not tolerate this extortion in our community and will work with residents to help get the culprits to book.
“A month ago we were among the top murder stations in the country, and now we have moved up to number six in the country. It shows that the community wins by standing together and reporting crime to the right channels. “