Stamp of approval from the police

Fighting crime has become a daily occurrence for the members of the SACCW (South African Community Crime Watch).

On Wednesday, January 31 a meeting was held with Col Mlangeni, Capt Tsidi Mamarega and the Witbank Police Station Commander, Brig Sipho Mokwatlo.

“There are no better words to express our appreciation,” was his opening sentence at the meeting. “There is no way we can say no to what this team is doing. You take your time and money to combat crime.”

Members from the SACCW with Capt Tsidi Mamarega, Station Commander Brig Sipho Mokwatlo and Col Mlangeni.

He said that he has been in the police force for the past 33 years:

“Crime does not have age or race. There are no limits. Crime is every person’s business and we at Witbank Police Station will support you all the way.”

Brig Mokwatlo added that there is little crime in the area where the response members of SACCW are based and actively busy fighting criminals on a daily basis.

“It is clean, quiet and so welcoming. This is purely because you guys stood up and said: ‘Not in my area’. Please carry on doing what you are doing,” he said.

Sector 2 response members from SACCW with Station Commander Brig Sipho Mokwatlo and Capt Tsidi Mamarega (Sector 2 Commander). Here are: Piet Wassenaar (Chairperson: Seekoeiwater plots), Rudi Botha (Chairperson: Modelpark), Koos Farrel (Chairperson: Del Judor Proper), Johan Zwart (Chairperson: Blanchville), David Wessels (Chairperson: Highveld Park) and Stanley White (Chairperson: Del Judor extension 4).

He explained to the members that communication is the best way to solve any problems, should they arise and that communication between the police and members will ensure a long and respectful relationship between the two entities.

“We are busy with various crimes and some are a very high priority. Cash-in-transits, house robberies and car hijackings are receiving our highest interest and with the help of you guys, we can hopefully lower the statistics by mid-year. We can not lose when we work together to fight crime and make eMalahleni a safer place for the residents. We will work throughout the city, corner to corner and get everyone involved to join this team,” he added.


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He went on by saying that by building a cultivated society in eMalahleni, the only people losing will be the criminals. This will be where the whole of our city wins, by making it safer for everyone to live here.

Mr David Wessels, Chairperson of Highveld Park said that soon the SACCW will celebrate their first year of existence and that it is an honour and a privilege to receive such blessing from the police. “

The SACCW originally started as a missing person organisation, countrywide. Our main objective is to share information quickly across all social media platforms and to assist in crimes, accidents and more. We have had successes and it can only go better,” Wessels said.

He added by saying that the idea of SACCW was to assist the police in any way possible and to lighten their burden a little. He explained that each sector has their chairperson and response members but assistance from neighbouring responders are much appreciated when necessary and very welcome.

David Wessels and Station Commander Brig Sipho Mokwatlo with Maureen Scheepers and Capt Tsidi Mamarega.

“We are currently on roughly 3500 members on our zello channel. We have about 7800 members on our Facebook page where we daily share crime related messages ranging from missing persons to ‘BOLO’ of stolen vehicles. We do have emergency and towing services on our channel that we do not necessarily dispatch. When a call for help comes in, they are more than willing to respond and assist,” Wessels said, “We can attribute our success to our motto: ‘Unity is Strength’. We work together in order to achieve what we do and assist in any way possible. We do not have splinter groups, we are a team.”

Wessels concluded by saying that it is good to know that they have an open channel of communication to the police and the other way around.

For any emergency, the SACCW response members can be reached on their open channel on zello:

Alternatively, David Wessels can be contacted on 072 777 3012 or Maureen Scheepers on 082 565 6770.

Melissa Nel

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