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Car guards project to help keep residents safe along Nahoon's Beach Road

Sep 17, 2019
Car guards project to help keep residents safe along Nahoon's Beach Road

East London - Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Ward 18 councillor, Jason McDowell, along with SAPS and local business owners have launched a pilot project to work together with the car guards in that area for safety reasons.

Following a meeting held in one of the Nahoon Beach Road businesses, Cllr McDowell said that the residents and business people have been complaining about the car guards in the area.

"In meetings with the residents, there have been a lot of complaints about how the car guards treat people, how the car guards get drunk once they get money and get aggressive," he described.

"That is why we have can up with this idea to minimize the incidents."

Local police are also part of the project.

They screen the car guards to make sure that they are not involved in any illegal activities. The car guards were given vests with numbers as their uniform so that it can be easy to identify them.

Speaking at launch, sector 1 (Nahoon, Stirling, Baysville, Bonnie Doon, Bunkers Hill) sector manager, Constable Gertie Morrison said she is happy about this project and would like to see it sustained and spreading to other areas.

"Part of the idea is to have reliable car guards, we also want them to see that they are valued," she said.

One of the car guards Zingisani Dumbi said they believe that the project will help to improve their business.

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