Total darkness in Dersley

Wynand Botes Community Police Forum (CPF) chairman requested a meeting with the Addie to stress their concerns about the fact that most of the street lights in the area have not been working since February 21.

“We try to do everything in our power to work with the police to fight crime, but with no help from the metro, it makes our task almost impossible,“ he says.

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According to Botes most of their members have reported the street light problems to the metro several times, but to no avail.

“We have to take extra lights to provide sufficient lighting while on routine patrols,” he says.

Dersley resident Marie Buchner believes poorly lit streets are perceived as dangerous whereas a well lit street would reduce fear.

“It would make the streets welcoming for women and senior citizens,” says Buchner.

Another resident, Ferdi van den Berg (82) says the lack of poor service delivery by the metro is a matter of grave concern to the elderly residents.

“We report the faulty street lights to the call centre on a regular basis but there has been no positive reaction from the metro.

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“Paying rates and taxes is one thing, not getting any service from the metro is another,“ he says.

The residents feel that the metro needs to be active within the communities to maintain the structure.

No comment was received from the metro at the time of publishing.

Anna Robertson

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