Cape Town residents close bridge to reduce crime

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Mandalay residents built a brick wall and welded iron rods to close the pedestrian bridge over the R300 that connects to Lower Crossroads, Cape Town, on Saturday. Residents say it is because the bridge is a crime hotspot.

Neither the City of Cape Town, who referred us to the Department of Transport and Public Works, who referred us back to the City, have taken responsibility for the need to reopen the bridge.

The Lower Crossroads community said they should have been consulted. “That bridge belonged to all of us. Deciding for other people is a bit extreme and we are also affected by the crime that has been happening on that bridge,” said Nophelele Mqikela, a community leader from Lower Crossroads.

Mqikela said they were shocked to discover they could no longer cross to Mandalay. “One of the reasons for that bridge to be built was to save people’s lives because they were getting killed by cars while crossing the road,” said Mqikela.

“We have been using that bridge when visiting Thembokhwezi Square [the main shopping and banking area],” she said.

Mqikela said what is needed is visible policing. She said criminals came from both areas.

Golden Hans, a 71-year-old man from Mandalay, said, “The community has been reporting [to the police] about that bridge and I believe that we don’t only need police to patrol the area but to be stationed there.”

Captain Bheki Xulu from Philippi SAPS said they know that people are being robbed when crossing the bridge but when they report these incidents for crime mapping it marks them as Ngqwangi Drive.

Xulu said the communities needed to meet and solve the problem.

Ward Councillor Nelson Chitha (ANC) said, “I don’t think closing the bridge will help. The only people that can solve that problem are police officers.”
More at: https://www.groundup.org.za/article/residents-close-bridge-mandalay-cut-lower-crossroads/
 

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Wasn't this bridge built so locals wouldn't play chicken on the R300?
 

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"Captain Bheki Xulu from Philippi SAPS said they know that people are being robbed when crossing the bridge but when they report these incidents for crime mapping it marks them as Ngqwangi Drive."

WAT has that to do with the issue?
Or is he suggesting that Ngqwangi drive now has excess police?
 

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Proof that the police don't give a fuk?

People built that wall and WELDED a gate...and no cops noticed it happening.

Well done to those people that built it to protect themselves from these animals...
 

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Neither the City of Cape Town, who referred us to the Department of Transport and Public Works, who referred us back to the City, have taken responsibility for the need to reopen the bridge.

GroundUp reapproached the City of Cape Town explaining we had been referred back to them by Transport. We received the following response: “Unfortunately the bridge does not belong to the City. Please approach the South African Police Service with regards to the crime situation.”
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Imagine how much could be improved, if we all went out with such gusto, and the right materials, with the purpose of repairing, cleaning and building what was needed in our neighbourhoods.
It happens often and used to happen a lot more than these days. Even in better areas with low crime and what you not you need to get approval from municipality and tons of paperwork even if you want to fix a pothole on your own dime the size of a crater in the road in front of your home and if you dont do that and you just fix it the municipality will fine you.

So people slowly just stop giving a sht, if the area goes to trash then just move to a new area if you can afford it.
 

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Ward Councillor Nelson Chitha (ANC) said, “I don’t think closing the bridge will help. The only people that can solve that problem are police officers.”
well this guy put a lot of thought into it...

this is similar to an intersection having a high accident rate and nothing gets done about it for years. well, sometimes local governments try and do something like put up loads of big highly visible signs but then you have a national authority remove them because its not in accordance to regulation to have that signage for that kind of road. screw the peoples lives.
 

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Steel was a bad choice , someone will be along shortly to remove it and scrap it for drugs.
 
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It happens often and used to happen a lot more than these days. Even in better areas with low crime and what you not you need to get approval from municipality and tons of paperwork even if you want to fix a pothole on your own dime the size of a crater in the road in front of your home and if you dont do that and you just fix it the municipality will fine you.

So people slowly just stop giving a sht, if the area goes to trash then just move to a new area if you can afford it.
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Neither the City of Cape Town, who referred us to the Department of Transport and Public Works, who referred us back to the City, have taken responsibility for the need to reopen the bridge.

GroundUp reapproached the City of Cape Town explaining we had been referred back to them by Transport. We received the following response: “Unfortunately the bridge does not belong to the City. Please approach the South African Police Service with regards to the crime situation.”
The R300 is administered by SANRAL between the N1 and N2 interchanges, and by the Western Cape Department of Transport of Public Works between the N2 and its terminus at the M7. This bridge is on the Department of Transport of Public Works section, so it's most likely their responsibility -- not SANRAL's, and certainly not the City of Cape Town's.
 
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