IN recent months my community, which is Ward 14 in New Brighton, has been engaged in curbing criminal elements. We primarily focused on specific areas, such as the New Brighton Clinic where there were incidents of staff members being robbed of their belonging while on duty.
Municipal security was called to guard the facility to protect the staff and civilians, but they were disarmed of their guns at gunpoint. So the community decided to intervene and the volunteers assisted the security personnel there and there were no more criminal activities.
The volunteers also went to high schools, but here it was different. They only guard at night to prevent housebreaking, which left the teachers and visitors during school hours unsafe.
All these efforts are being done with a very dismal budget.
My major concern is the safety of the primary children who cross dangerous roads when going to and coming from school, because not all their parents are available to accompany them to and from school. An example here is Kama Lower Primary School in Sheya Kulati Drive (Avenue A), which is situated in New Brighton also.
There are traffic lights opposite its entrance for motorists to let those little ones cross on the pedestrian crossing safely, but we all know how the motorists behave especially those driving public transport.
So my advice is that the municipality must put an officer there, like it does in Ntshekisa and Ferguson roads. Or are we waiting for something terrible to happen there before we react?
Mongezi Ncwadi, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth