Corlett Drive has become a gangster’s paradise

Ward 71 councillor, Rene Benjamin, during a clean up. Photo: Supplied.

 

Ward 71 councillor, René Benjamin, and some residents discovered a hidden strip of pavement during a recent grass-cutting exercise that was undertaken because the long grass in the area could easily have been used as a hideout for thugs.

According to Benjamin, the Joburg City Parks and Zoos department was scheduled to cut the long grass on Corlett Avenue, however, due to the many public holidays, this was delayed. As a result, she and a number of residents took it upon themselves to cut the grass near the traffic lights at the corner of South Road and Corlett Avenue, opposite Laerskool Dr Havenga.

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”Recently two learners were mugged and robbed on Corlett Avenue as they were walking from school. Learners at Princess High School and Hoërskool Die Adelaar are the most vulnerable to these incidents,” she said.

She went on to say, “I can only wonder what other mysteries (besides the paving) could be hidden in this long grass. We have brought the issue of the long grass and the strip of pavement to the attention of the Johannesburg Roads Agency and City Parks, requesting them to cut the grass regularly, for the safety of the residents, and the overall cleanliness of the area,” she said.

The pavement that was hidden by long grass. Photo: Supplied.

IOL News recently published the following safety tips for schoolchildren, as provided by the district manager of Fidelity ADT, Ivan Govender:

– Children must always walk to or from school with friends. If your child walks alone, it’s a good idea to ask a teacher or other parents if they know of other children from the area who do the same, so that they can join forces.

– Stick to streets you know and never take shortcuts through unfamiliar or quiet areas.

– If you get picked up at school, always wait inside the grounds for your lift to arrive; do not leave the premises to go and look for the vehicle in the street.

– Remember, your parents would never send someone you don’t know to fetch you. Never get into a stranger’s car, even if they claim that someone you love is hurt and that they are supposed to pick you up.

– If strangers approach you, do not talk to them, no matter how friendly they may seem. If someone tries to grab you, fight, kick and scream that they are not your mom or dad.”In some cases children have to get themselves to and from school and keep occupied until mom and dad return home in the evening” said Govender.

“It is extremely important that the children know not to let anyone into the house without your permission. If you are going to be late, let your children know as soon as possible and give them an idea of when they can expect you to be back at home,” he said.

Govender also suggested drawing up a list of important telephone numbers.

“This list must include emergency services and mom and dad’s work and cellphone numbers. Save it on your child’s cellphone and stick it on or near the landline. It’s also important to explain to them when these should be used.”

Govender added that if you have a home alarm system, everyone in the household, children included, should know how to use it and when and how to use the panic buttons.

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Lungi Ndimande
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