Block watch committee revived

Local residents have successfully elected a new block committee following the disbanding of the former Coot Block Watch.

Residents elected the new executive on Wednesday last week at the Weltevreden Council Yard.

The Coot Block Watch was dissolved following a decision taken by the Mitchell’s Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF) and other role players governed by their official constitution.

The block came into disrepute following allegations of misconduct (“Block watch disbanded”, People’s Post, 24 July).

The committee elected was for the area, operating in the boundaries of Wespoort Drive, Weltevreden Road, Cedar Avenue and parts of Dagbreek Lane.

Around 45 residents attended the election, representing a number of streets in the area.

The election was chaired by Erifaan Salie, Rocklands CPF Subforum chairperson, with oversight from the CPF executive.

The meeting was also attended by the local ratepayers’ association and sector commander Captain Leon Jooste.

Desiree Maneveld was elected as chairperson, Patrick Dyssel as vice-chairperson, Abiedah Adams as secretary, Amien Staggie as assistant secretary and Helena de Klerk as projects coordinator.

“The community has spoken and the community has decided on the executive. I want to encourage you not to wait for four years to deal with your problems.

“If you have differences, deal with them now. I am glad that due course was followed and no organisation can overthrow the community. Let us build a positive community because our youth is dying,” said CPF chairperson, Abie Isaacs.

He further offered their support to the organisation moving forward.

New members also had the opportunity to sign up and will be offered the opportunity to join the block watch in due time.

The name of the block watch will also be changed.