Responses to the Open Letter to the Mayor Re Crime
[Ed:This post was edited to add a new response.]
The Mayor of Overstrand, Mrs. Botha-Guthrie, together with the Director Overstrand Protection Services Neville Michaels, and our ward councillor, Lisel Krige, came to our house this afternoon to discuss the letter I wrote to the Mayor on 6 July, about crime in Bettys Bay. The Mayor and Lisel have both been away on annual leave, and this was the first opportunity they had to get back to us about our concerns.
Mrs. Botha-Guthrie has committed herself to taking this matter further without delay. Mr. Michaels will meet with the Police Cluster Head in Caledon, Brigadier Dyaintyi, and they will also meet with the Minister of Police in the Western Cape, Dan Plato, and if necessary the National Police Minister. Her office has also forwarded copies of my letter to Dr. Michael Cardo, DA member of parliament who is the Constituency Head for Overstrand, as also Mr. Masizole Mnqasela, Chair of the Standing Committee on Local Government in the Western Cape Parliament.
Mrs. Botha-Guthrie has assured me that she has the political will to take this matter forward and ensure that our concerns are taken seriously, and asked me to let friends and fellow residents know that everything in her power will be done to put an end to the totally unacceptable crime level in our village. As soon as the way forward becomes clearer a meeting will be called that we can all attend. She has underlined that it is important that we all pull in the same direction and work together.
I apologise for this official sounding language, but let’s take a deep breath and keep calm, and trust that there are ways to end this stressful situation.
Regards, Pat Markovina.
A Word from Rudi Perold, Chairman
Thank you for the feedback.
I am glad that there was a positive outcome of your letter to the Mayor.
The intervention of the Mayor and the proposed re-establishment of the CPF in our region, I foresee, will definitely address the crime wave that we are experiencing.
A spinoff from your letter, was that the former chairperson of the BBRA was approached to facilitate the process of re-establishing the CPF. The election of members in the vacant posts in the CPF will take place on the 28th of September.
It is foreseen that representatives from the Hangklip region, ie Bettysbay, Pringlebay, Rooiels and Kleinmond will serve on the CPF Forum, which is a change from the previous CPF.
It is therefore of utmost importance that a member from our community is nominated, in terms of the prescripts, who has a passion for Betty’s Bay and can promote the interests of the residents.
Kind Regards, Rudi Perold.
A repsonse from Lisel Krige — Ward Councillor / Wyksraadslid
Ek het uiteraard gister se vergadering (verkennings-) bygewoon wat deur die burgemeester aangevra is. Graag wil ek net die volgende byvoeg by enige gedagtes wat daaroor gewissel word – miskien in die Buzz? (Ek het die briefie ook vir Pat Markovina gestuur.)
Dankie en groete, Lisel.
The current crime prevalence in our otherwise tranquil village is indeed a reason for grave concern to all of us – including myself as the ward councillor.
I spend many sleepless hours fuming and brainstorming; but at the same time I have also spent many active hours probing and scouting in an effort to translate growing insight into proposals for practical and workable solutions that will override or neutralize the exasperating pattern of escalating theft that is spiralling out of control.
As extremely sensitive as the situation is, considering the fact that there is reason to believe that a great deal of the criminal activity is driven and executed by local groups and/or individuals, I am of the opinion that excessive communication and speculation about it locally may be counter productive and may even add fuel to the raging fire.
A solution cannot be instant, as an intricate network of stakeholders and roleplayers is involved – making the chain as strong as its weakest link. It is imperative to ensure that ALL authorities, service providers and individuals are not only on the same page, but are also wholeheartedly united in the mutual aim to restore peace and order.
I therefore add my voice and plea to that of the mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, that rather than running amuck and randomly raising alarm, we should lend one another our eyes and ears and expertise in order to jointly introduce thoroughly contemplated plans and strategies.
Please be assured that the interests of our area’s residents are a prime priority. Their/our safety cannot be compromised.