An attack on a motorcyclist in the early hours of Wednesday, 21 February, highlighted the importance of addressing the rising problem of crime in the Overstrand area.

This incident – in which a man was shot and killed after he allegedly tried to rob a man on a motorcycle at Lynx Avenue off the R43 – happened a week after Western Cape Community Safety Minister Dan Plato paid a visit to Overstrand Municipality (OM) to discuss crime issues in the area.

The biker, local resident Frans Bothma, sustained two gunshot wounds and was taken to the Worcester Provincial Hospital where he was in a stable, but serious condition. He was moved out of the intensive care unit to a general ward over the weekend.

According to the family he is doing well.

The family has also appealed for any information on the good Samaritan who stopped to help Frans after the incident. They would like to thank him for his assistance. All they know is that he drove a white Corsa bakkie and called the police when he arrived on the scene.

A week earlier, on 14 February, a number of role players – including representatives of the OM and the Overberg District Municipality (ODM), South African Police Service (SAPS) and representatives of various organisations that have pledged to fight crime, including the Pringle Bay and Kleinmond Street Watch – gathered for the meeting with Plato.

The meeting focused specifically on the growing problem of abalone poaching along the
Overstrand’s coastline, which has stimulated organised criminal syndicates and increased drug abuse and gangsterism. It was agreed that if poaching can be controlled, many other crimes can be eradicated.
Following discussions with the Premier and the Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Minister Plato also made mention of an inter-governmental bosberaad, where organisations can get involved to implement a crime prevention anti-poaching strategy. Mayor Elect Dudley Coetzee requested such a bosberaad to take place without any further delay. His message was clear: “Everybody must work together in the fight against crime. Poachers are causing havoc and the situation is becoming worse and worse”. Other safety issues discussed at the meeting included:
• the walking bus initiative in Kleinmond (parents escorting groups of learners on foot to
and from school;
• crime in general;
• visible policing, response time and vehicles, and the lack of manpower in police stations;
• mobile safety kiosks and the possibility of satellite police stations; and
• additional training and registration of neighbourhood watches.

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