The community of Bulwer and Umbilo together with the Community Policing Forum (CPF) participated in a march against crime on Friday, 14 December.
The march was organised by the Bulwer Safety and Urban Regeneration Forum (BSURF). Marchers started off on Baxter Park in Clark Road via Esther Roberts Road to the Umbilo SAPS.
The aim of the march was to hand over a memorandum of grievances including prostitution and brothels in the area. The memorandum also addressed a number of other issues faced by the community including drugs, drug dens and all other crime contributing factors. The community held placards and banners which read, “Please get prostitutes off our streets” and “say no to drugs.”
The Glenwood Weekly Gazette recently published a story about a community survey which was about prostitution in the area. Ward Councillor Mmabatho Tembe and the Metro Police agreed that prostitution was a difficult issue to eradicate, even though many raids had been done previously, however the issue continues. BSURF Chair, Heather Hayward Rorrick said, ” The march was peaceful and was a success, however, just a small group of people came.”
Rorrick confirmed that the march was registered and legal. “The memorandum was handed over to Colonel John Romer, Station Commander of Umbilo Police Station. Colonel Romer received the memorandum with enthusiasm. “I am delighted by the support the SAPS is receiving from the newly elected CPF and the community. Together we will fight crime and clean up Umbilo,” said Romer.
The Drop in Centre also received the marchers at the police station. The marchers were informed about the role of the centre and the work that is done in working with drug addicts. Cllr Tembe was not present at the march due to other commitments but she confirmed that she was
aware of it.