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  • Thursday, 21 May 2015 | Tel: 021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501 | Email: cityvision@wpnewspapers.co.za

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    CRIME:VOLUNTEERS FORGEAHEAD

    Iliso Lomzi to the help

    MANDLA MAHASHE

    A

    group of neighbourhood watchmen

    fromGugulethu are determined to fight

    crime and no amount of bullets and knives

    can stop them, they say.

    The group of over 40men andwomen from

    the Khanya Neighbourhood Watch, volun-

    teer to spend their nights patrolling Section

    4 and other areas despite clear and present

    danger.

    According to them, two of their members

    have already been shot at and two other

    cheated death after being stabbed by thugs

    because they disturbed their activities.

    City Vision caught up with the group in

    NY6 while on the patrol to sniff out crime

    in the area. Donning reflective jackets, com-

    municating through two-way radios, armed

    with only knobkerries and a dogged deter-

    mination, the group takes over the night.

    We decided to start this watch in Februa-

    ry 2014 after noticing that there were too

    many robberies in our neighbourhood.

    People would get attacked and stabbed by

    thugs during the day and no one was doing

    anything about it, said Solomzi Booi, the

    groups leader.

    Since they began their work they have

    confiscated many weapons from criminals

    as well as recovering stolen goods.

    This, they say, has resulted in many in

    their own community turning against them.

    The troublemakers threaten our lives and

    attack ourmembers while some community

    members, who are relatives of the thugs, ac-

    cuse us of beating people in the streets, he

    said.

    The group also accuse members of the

    community of rubishing theirwork in news-

    papers by making false allegations of beat-

    ings.

    NkosinathiKambiwas stabbed by a crimi-

    nal duringapatrol, said though, that thema-

    jority of the community appreciated their

    work.

    As you can see people are walking freely

    as compared to the past where peoples cars

    were broken into in the middle of the day.

    We have been so effective at recovering

    stolen goods that people come to report

    crimes to us as if we were the police,.

    During the interview, a woman approach-

    es the group to report that her son was steal-

    ing her money. Cue that.

    Kambi says such cases are all too often.

    Nolufefe Ngcongca whose home was bro-

    ken into by thugs who stole a Plasma TV, a

    DVD player, bags, clothes and R5000 in cash,

    said that her family was assisted by the

    group to recover the items.

    It happened last month and the neigh-

    bourhood watch assisted us with tracking

    the items all the way to Nyanga East where

    we found them.

    They are doing a great job and we cant

    thank themenough forwhat theydid forus.

    She said that she was surprised to find out

    the group was willing to help even though

    her family home was not part of the areas

    that the group was operating in.

    Booi said that despite the bad press they

    get and the constant threats of attacks, they

    will continue to do the work because of the

    results.

    Its 21:00 and you can see that people are

    free to walk to where ever they want and

    there a no loiters and thugs walking about

    in our area.

    There is peace and that was our goal from

    the beginning, Booi concludes.

    The men and women from the Khanya

    Neighbourhood Watch put their lives at risk to

    provide safety for the community.

    PHOTO: MANDLA MAHASHE

    Some of the knives confiscated from criminals as

    well as computers and cellphones whose owners

    have yet to come forward.

    Thursday, 21 May 2015 | Tel: 021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501 | Email: cityvision@wpnewspapers.co.za

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    Thursday, 21 May 2015

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    Facebook face-off farce for Rev

    ZILA MKONTO

    Awarofwordshas eruptedbetween the larg-

    er-than-life Pastor Nkomfa Mkhabile

    and a top business woman.

    Eunice Mhonko Godze who

    owns a security and a waste re-

    moval company, has vented her

    frustration on Facebook, ac-

    cusing the minister of de-

    frauding her after a record-

    ing deal for blind singers

    went haywire.

    Myblind brother,Vukile,

    is a singer andplays all kinds

    of music instruments . For

    his 51st birthday I wanted to

    spoil him and I decided to get his

    music recorded so that he can re-

    lease his album.

    A fuming Godze said: I shared

    my wish Nkomfa who as a friend

    I thought I could trust, instead he

    has let me down big time.

    Mhonko said the saga began on

    April 8 when she bought her

    blind brother an accordion and

    also decided to surprise him

    with a CD recording.

    He also sings with two other

    blind people and they have

    formed a group.

    I then approached Nkomfa and

    we decided hewould find a studio

    in Umtata and record a CD for the

    blind singers, she said. The

    blind singers then travelled to

    Umtata where they say theywere

    rushed into the studio without

    any rehearsal or rest after the

    long stretch from Cape Town.

    The y spent one day in studio and Nkom-

    fa called me, saying I must send the money

    because he was finished and everything

    went smooth andhewould giveme feedback

    on his return, she said.

    Her brother Vukile called and she could

    hear he was heartbroken but was not say-

    ing what went wrong.

    Upon their arrival in Cape Town, Godze

    called a meeting with the blind singers and

    she was horrified to hear their story.

    When they started sharing the bad expe-

    rience theywent through, I could not believe

    my ears, she said. They accused the pastor

    turnedgospel singer ill-treatment andname-

    calling.

    They said therewere tensions but contin-

    ued because they didnt want to hurt me.

    I have listened to the CD. What a damp

    squib!

    Later, when confronted, he tried to defend

    his actions. I informed him of his unGodly

    doings, and that he had reneged on our con-

    tract. According to her, she hasnt heard

    from the pastor since.

    His phone is ringingoff thehook, so i cant

    get hold of him, for I want to inform him of

    his shoddy studio work, she said.

    Godze added that shed spent a lot of mon-

    ey on the project. City Vision contacted pas-

    tor Mkhabile.

    I have seen the stuff she wrote about me

    on Facebook and I will sue her. He said his

    lawyers had written to her to delete the

    offending posts on Facebook and issue him

    with an apology.

    She is sullyingmygoodnamebut shewill

    not succeed. Many before her have done so

    and have failed dismally.Reverend Nkomfa Mkabile is accused of wrongdoing.

    The stylish Mhonko Godze says pastor short-

    changed a blind family