Petrol bomb attacks which left gangsters’ dens in ruins in Lentegeur Mitchell’s Plain this weekend could signal the end of gangsterism or could worsen ongoing gangster feuds.
The devices were detonated in Magnolia Street and Linara Street in Lentegeur leaving the residences in ruins. The area is notoriously known for being a haven for ongoing violence and gang warfare.
The incidents occurred at two residences in Lentegeur that are believed to be dens for drugs and gangsters. It is suspected that the perpetrators are gang members for the Yackies and the Fancy Boys. Although eye-witnesses identify the perpetrators of the petrol bombings, details remain sketchy at this stage.
“We have to wait for the police to do their job,” said Lentegeur Community Forum Police member Cassiem Gamiet.
Meanwhile, the Lentegeur Community Policing Forum (CPF) will host a public meeting on Monday evening, which will also be attended by the new Mitchell’s Plain cluster commander, Major General Greg Goss.
According to the CPF’s public relations officer, Ismail Peterson, the meeting will serve as a way for Goss to introduce himself to the Lentegeur community, whilst also highlighting his aims and objects for the precinct.
“We invite the public to come out tonight and listen to the general, listen to what is his aims and objectives, and how we as the community can slot into that programme,” he said.
Goss has already held a meeting in the Mitchell’s Plain precinct in recent weeks, and Monday’s meeting will seek to appeal specifically to the Lentegeur community. Petersen urged all those residing in and around the area, to avail themselves for the meeting.
He was hopeful the meeting would mobilize residents to create and join street committees, to join in on the fight against ‘basic crime’ on the streets of Lentegeur.
The meeting takes place from 7pm onwards, at the Lentegeur Civic Centre.
The CPF are also set to host an election on the 14th October, with the aim of electing the executive members will take office for the next term. Petersen said they were requesting all member groups and organizations registered with the CPF, to come forth and re-register themselves ahead of the election.
“There is a new proforma that they need to fill in terms of their aims and objectives with their organization. Also, just to bring a copy of their constitution, to be attached to that for them to partake in the elections,” he said.
For more information you can contact Ismail Petersen at 072 754 5110, or 021 377 5045. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)