AfriForum Margate: ‘Away with unregistered car guards and prostitutes’

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 Media statement

17 March 2014

Away with Unregistered Car Guards and Prostitutes in Margate 

Head of Department Community Services at Hibiscus Coast Municipality, Mr Sibusiso Nzimande said at the Margate Business meeting held on 13 March 2014 that the problems with unwanted car guards in Margate are something of the past. He said that the Hibiscus Coast Municipality Law Enforcement officers have removed them all from the streets.

Yet on Friday morning, Mr. Mike Geiger, the Vice-Chair of AfriForum’s local branch in Margate was harassed by a car guard on the Margate beachfront. “He was not wearing any uniform or identification and when I asked him to provide me with is permit to act as a car guard he couldn’t,” said Geiger.

“AfriForum approached a HCM Law Enforcement officer who was sitting in her vehicle only 20 metres from where the incident happened. The officer informed us that they pick up the illegal car guards or let the SAPS pick them up, but within an hour these car guards are back,” Geiger added.

“AfriForum’s Neighbourhood Watch in the area informed some of the prostitutes working their trade on Marine Drive in Margate to leave. They informed us that they were already at the Police station and got their ticket,” said Chris Fourie, Community Co-ordinator for AfriForum in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Members of the SAPS Margate pick up these prostitutes, charge them at the station but they just leave from there and return to their street corners right away. The is totally unacceptable, and the law enforcement agency, the courts and the community need to put their heads together to come up with a plan to solve this serious issue,” Fourie added.

AfriForum requested a meeting with the Hibiscus Municipality Management, the Municipality Law Enforcement management, the SAPS management and the Port Shepstone State Prosecutor to present their proposal to solve this issue.

AfriForum appeals to the residents of the Hibiscus Coast to become involved with the local branch. If you want to join an organisation that makes a difference, SMS “Margate” to 33136. The SMS costs 50c.

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