On 16 February, Ward 71 Councillor Previn Vedan was notified of a situation in Crossmoor where a mother had left her two-year-old child unattended for over a day and had allegedly gone out drinking.
According to outraged members of the community, it was common for the mother to leave her child locked in her home from Friday and return home on Monday. It is alleged that the child would be locked into the house without any food. A concerned member of the community, Vikelo Masebenza had opened the home and attended to the child after he noticed that the child was left alone.
Together with the assistance of SAPS Chatsworth, the Victim Centre, chairperson of the Chatsworth Community Policing Forum (CPF) Jakes Singh and Clive Pillay of the Nelson Mandela Community Youth Centre, the child was removed from the home and care of her mother and placed in a safe home until social workers are able to conduct a full assessment. Councillor Vedan thanked all those that assisted.
“Although we sometimes face these tough situations lets continue our stance that the most important responsibility that we have in Ward 71 is the protection of our children. My job as a councillor is not to stand outside buildings, point at things or complain but to take action. We will continue to do what is necessary to protect our children,“ Cllr Vedan said.