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‘Enough is enough’ say Greenpoint residents and clean veld identified as crime hotspot

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They said they launched the initiative following the recent rape of a young woman in the area.

Residents in Greenpoint took a stand against criminal activities on Saturday by cleaning a veld identified as a crime hotspot.

Community members cut the overgrown  trees near the subway leading to the airport.

They said they launched the initiative following the recent rape of a young woman in the area.

“We decided to take charge of the challenges in our community. There was a young woman raped in these bushes on Wednesday. We cannot sit back and allow the lives of our community members to be destroyed by criminals. 

“There are a lot of illegal activities that take place in the darkness provided by the trees. Many people make use of a route through the bushes to get to town and work. 

“The lives and safety of those people are also at risk. We had to do something instead of merely complaining about the matter,” they said.

They said they had decided to take the matter into their own hands as their calls for assistance were not heard.

“We have been asking the councillor to assist us in this matter but he never did. We will continue to clean as many places possible to ensure the safety of our community members. We ask the assistance of the municipality to remove the rubbish and branches of the trees that have been cut,” they said.

Kimberley police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, said a 27-year-old woman from Greenpoint was raped in a veld, allegedly by a man known to her.

“According to information received the victim was walking with the suspect when he attacked and raped her. The suspect ran away after the incident. No arrests have been made at this stage and police investigations continues,” said Mooi.