New Westridge sub-forum elected

The newly elected Westridge sub-forum members are, back, from left, Farouk Abbas, co-opted member; Lionel Lawrence, project coordinator; Shernelle Louw, secretary; Ashley Potts, chairman; Bishop Mark Bloemstein, deputy chairman; Moira Prince, assistant secretary; and Ridwaan Nero, co-opted member. In front, from left, are Valderine Charles, CPF secretary; Norman Jantjies, CPF chairman; and Captain Mornay Kleinhans, Mitchell’s Plain SAPS sector commander.

A new Westridge community police sub-forum was elected on Thursday March 18 – and for the first time they had 12 organisations who signed up as members to vote in the new members.

Sector commander Mitchell’s Plain Mornay Kleinhans said the community should always choose their leaders wisely. “As the community we need to come together now more than ever. Make the best decision possible for you and your community,” he said.

Chairman of the Mitchell’s Plain CPF, Norman Jantjes, said crime was a common enemy that must be addressed.

The march we held on the violent killings in our communities sparked a need in our communities. We gave the government till Wednesday April 7 to respond to our memorandum, we’ve had enough. We must get a quality service.”

The newly elected chairman, Ashley Potts said the task ahead was one that would require the inclusion of members of all structures, stakeholders, and government departments within the sector in order to ensure the voices of residents were properly heard.

“Thank you to the previous executive Westridge sub-forum. We’d like to continue the journey together to achieve the best outcome possible. No man or group is an island and we need all bodies, registered or not, to join hands and celebrate the spirit of Ubuntu going forward,” he said.

Their first official exco meeting is scheduled for today, Wednesday March 24.

“As a drug treatment specialist, I believe that drugs and crime are not the reason for our downfall as a people. The lack of purpose amongst our youth, apathy and joblessness are what breed broken communities.

“Though it’s a huge ask, I believe it is possible. I look forward to growing on what has been done in years gone by to ensure collective citizenry. Together we will be the change we wish to see in our surrounding. Let’s keep hope alive through our efforts,” said Mr Potts.

For more information contact Mr Potts at 082 887 6440 or email at ashley@drugcentre.org.za.