The District Six Residents Forum held an AGM on Sunday that members say kicked off on a rocky start. Chaos ensued following a report in a local paper which incorrectly called on all residents of District Six to attend a meeting set out to address their concerns. According to the Forum’s Asia Salie, the meeting aimed to primarily focus on the concerns of current residents and not those still on the lengthy waiting list.
“We understand that there are many people still waiting for their homes to be developed in D6 but the current residents are experiencing a number of problems which we need to address. Members of the public are allowed to sit on our AGM’s, but simply as observers,” Salie explained.
Salie further added that the forum remains actively involved in assisting those residents who patiently for their homes.
Meanwhile, during the AGM, members brought forward concerns regarding high levels of crime in the area. Salie told VOC house and car break-ins are becoming a common occurrence in the area and residents fear the problem could worsen if action is not taken.
“Our neighbourhood watch is once again active in our area. We have called in the help of Law Enforcement. However, the most recent incident resulted in a resident being stabbed by a man who broke into his car,” Salie said.
Another concern brought forward during the meeting centred around the large amount of vagrants setting up sleeping camps in and around the area. Salie says there are currently more vagrants than residents in District Six.
“Law Enforcement comes around often and chases vagrants away from the open fields, but once the police leave, the vagrants just return and set up their make-shift sleeping areas again. The problem is really getting out of hand,” Salie explained.
“We want those residents still on the waiting list to know that we are not disregarding them; in fact, we are ensuring that the community is looked after so that when the new phase of residents move in, these issues can be a thing of the past.”
VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)