The Wits SRC is looking into tightening student safety measures in Braamfontein.
Wits University students have been complaining about the surge of crime in the area, saying it is mainly targeted at them.
Wits SRC President, Mpendulo Mfeka, says they have had talks with the City of Johannesburg over the matter and they have agreed to deploy JMPD officers to patrol the area.
Mfeka says plans for the establishment of a police station in the area are also afoot.
Students have reacted with mixed views over the news.
While they all welcome it – some are sceptical that the officers will patrol the streets of Braamfontein for long.
They say the City did deploy officers in 2018 and they later vanished into thin air.
The Diepkloof community, in Soweto, has come together and formed street committees following the incidents of crime spiralling out of control in the area.
Wits Radio Academy’s Ishmael Sibeko says the move is aimed at creating a safe environment for working residents who get up for work in the early hours and come back late in the evenings.
The residents are hoping that this will also help them avoid taking the law into their own hands, as some of them have previously done.
Police have welcomed the move, calling on residents to work together by reporting crime.
Street committee members work on voluntary basis.
The concept dates back to the apartheid era.
The committees are credited with having been instrumental in bringing down the oppressive regime as they mobilised communities towards a common purpose in protest against that era’s unjust laws.
They had fizzled out after the dawn of democracy.
However, various communities across the country have revived the strategy to increase safety.
The committees are referred to as block watches in other areas.
Among other attributes needed in committee members are integrity, professionalism and a proven focus on the interest of the community rather than individual goals. – Reporty by Ishmael Sibeko and picture credit: sowetocapturedd.blogspot.com