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  • TUESDAY 26 January 2016 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za

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    Children play dangerously close to the unfenced railway lines in Kuku Town informal settlement in Kensington. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

    KENSINGTON

    An accident waiting

    TIYESE JERANJI

    @jeranji

    P

    arents in Kuku Town informal settle-

    ment in Kensington experience con-

    stant fearwhen their children are play-

    ing outside, because they play close to the

    railway line.

    Parents claim they have been trying to get

    the authorities to fence the area off for

    longer than a decade. Often the ball the chil-

    dren play with is blown onto the tracks.

    Parents say thatwhen they tell the author-

    ities to fence it off because their children are

    in danger they are told that if anything hap-

    pens to their children theywill be held liable

    as parents.

    When Peoples Post visited children were

    playing on a patch of ground right next to

    the railway line. They stay right in front of

    Kentemade station and the area is not

    fenced. Some children were riding down the

    slope with a bicycle and playing on the

    tracks. Concerned parents say this is a daily

    occurrence.

    Melanie Robinson (37), a worried mother

    of one, says they want the area fenced be-

    cause each time their children are playing

    outside they have to be high alert.

    We are always worried and nervous

    when kids are playing outside, especially

    when you hear a train coming. You have to

    check if they are not close to the rails.

    Its very difficult as a mother to focus on

    things in the house and keep an eye out that

    your child is not on the tracks.

    When we told them about the dangers of

    not having a fence they said if our children

    were injured we would be in trouble.

    V Continued on page 2.

  • PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND

    Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    2 NEWS

    For further queries, contact:

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    ATTORNEYS

    On 021 423 4601

    HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?

    If you have been seriously injured in a

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    compensation.

    If you have put in a claim directly with the

    Road Accident Fund without using an

    attorney and feel that you have been

    underpaid or are dissatisfied with their

    service, we may be able to assist you.

    We are personal injury attorneys, who

    specialise in serious injuries.

    We are prepared to work on a no win

    no fee basis.

    email: Info@lester.co.za

    Saturday 30 January

    V District Six: There will be a trip down

    memory lane for all former pupils, teachers,

    cleaners and tea ladies of George Golding

    Primary School in District Six at the District 6

    Museum Hall (Homecoming Centre) at 14:00

    for 14:30. For more information contact Zoda

    on 083 462 8901 or Soraya on 072 132 3268 or

    adamsfa.786@gmail.com.

    Friday 5 February

    V Woodstock: The Anglican Womens Fellow-

    ship is presenting a Valentines dance at St

    Marys parish hall from 20:00 to late. For

    more information call 021 448 1214.

    FROM PAGE 1

    Whenwe told themabout the dangers of not

    having a fence they said if our childrenwere

    injuredwewould be in trouble. Its not right,

    we are not happy. We need the fence so that

    we will be at ease, says Robinson.

    Even if they have a park close by it will

    be risking their childrens lives to make

    them play there as it is also close to the rail-

    way line so they rather keep them close

    where they can watch them.

    Another parent, Chandrey Goliath (38),

    says the wind is strong in their area and its

    a great danger when children play outside.

    The kids can easily be blown onto the

    tracks. It really scaresuswhenchildrenplay

    outside. We cant keep them inside the

    shacks because they want to play outside.

    They cant even go to the park. We worry a

    lot about our children. We want a safe place

    for them to play, she says.

    Apart from residents worrying about

    their children the area has allegedly become

    an easy target for robbers, because they can

    run away easily.

    Verona Joseph, a community leader, says

    she has tried to get the authorities to put up

    a fence but nothing has happened.

    After several emails and phone calls they

    cameand tookmeasurements to fence thear-

    ea. That was in August and until nowwe are

    still waiting, says Joseph.

    Ward councillor Lisa Mcbride, agrees:

    Thismust be a priority. Kids are in danger.

    Im really angry at the criminal negligence

    of Transnet. They cant keep promising and

    nothing is done.

    Parents in Kuku

    Town informal

    settlement fear

    for their

    childrens safety.

    PHOTO: TIYESE

    JERANJI

    City steps up race

    for bad drivers

    EARL HAUPT

    @EarlHaupt

    T

    he City of Cape Town has mobilised

    18 members of its law enforcement

    unit, traffic service and the Western

    Cape traffic department to form a spe-

    cialised roadblock unit to curb unlawful

    behaviour on Cape Towns roads.

    According to the City, the roadblock

    unitmemberswill focus on enforcing the

    law and tracking suspects wanted for

    crimes and outstanding warrants.

    The unit was initially deployed on

    Thursday night. During the operation,

    387 cars were stopped. Drivers were

    screened for alcohol with six drivers be-

    ing arrested for drunk driving. One driv-

    erwas arrested for six drunkdriving cas-

    es, another driver was arrested for reck-

    less and negligent driving, while one

    person was arrested for resisting arrest.

    A taxi was also impounded.

    A further 147 offences were charged at

    various points throughout the area.

    122 vehicles exceeded the speed limit

    in Klipfontein Road during the opera-

    tion,with thehighest speedbeing record-

    ed at 145km/h. 202 vehicles overstepped

    the legal speed limit on Jakes Gerwel

    Drive, with the highest speed clocked at

    154km/h.

    There were also infringements in Stik-

    land, with 87 vehicles speeding, the high-

    est speed being 148km/h.

    The unit will be responsible for road-

    blocks on a permanent basis across the

    city, with a specific focus on drinking

    and driving, stolen cars and illegal street

    racing.

    They will detect and seize illegal fire-

    arms and drugs and work to track down

    people with outstanding warrants and

    those wanted by the police.

  • PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND

    Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    NEWS 3

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    TIYESE JERANJI

    S

    eventh Street residents in Kensington

    took a stand against a drug den they

    closed it.

    It is alleged that the housewas being used

    for drug dealing. The story goes that the two

    sons staying there with their elderly moth-

    er, who has Alzheimers, took advantage of

    the situation and have sold drugs from the

    house for some time.

    Police did several raids and found drugs

    on the premises last year, but nothing

    seemed to stop the brothers. Residents be-

    came fed up with the situation.

    They installed a camera at the house to

    make sure that the mother is protected and

    that no drug dealing takes place there any-

    more. Residents say this is a clear message

    they are sending to other drug dens that

    they are coming for them too.

    Mogamat Nordien, chairperson of the

    Kensington street committee, says: People

    were tiredand they justhad todo something

    about it. Kensington doesnt belong to drug

    dealers o