Jakes Gerwel Drive hijackings down – SAPS

From left are the Colorado Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (CRRA) chairperson Natalie Bent, deputy chairperson Jenny Daniels, ward community member Washiela Gordon, Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman, CRRA treasurer, Georgina Less, co-opted member Sadiah Smith, secretary Haneefa de la Croes and deputy secretary Caylynne Bailey.

Hijackings along Jakes Gerwel Drive have decreased in past weeks, say Lentegeur police.

The decline is the result of SAPS working together with other law-enforcement agencies and residents to combat crime in the precinct, says Lentegeur police spokeswoman Constable Felicia Adams.

She was responding, by email, to questions posed by the Plainsman following a meeting of the Colorado Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (CRRA) at the at Colorado Community Hall, on Thursday May 18, at which the association’s chairwoman, Natalie Bent, said a continuous police presence was needed in hijacking hot spots (“Hijackings spike in Jakes Gerwel Drive,” Plainsman, May 10).

“We still need all roleplayers to play their part as this is still a reality in our community,” she said.

Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman, who was at the meeting, said visibility had increased.

“Ever since we’ve had teams present in those hot spots, hijackings have decreased.”

Resident Janet Solomons called for some of neighbourhood’s exits to be closed to stop criminals from using them as escape routes.

Michael Jacobs, deputy chair of the Mitchell’s Plain United Residents’ Association, said: “I am coming out of retirement as I cannot allow gangsters to come in and ruin the future of communities. Hijackings cannot happen without help from the inside. Some of our children are involved. Let us work together to stop crime.”

Mobility MEC Ricardo Mackenzie is due to meet with residents at the hall on Thursday May 25, at 7pm.

For more information, email deputy chairperson Jenny Daniels at Jenny.daniels67@gmail.com