Councillor aims for crime-free, safe Sunnyside

Sunnyside ward 81 ANC councillor Godfrey Mulaudzi hands out pamphlets to a resident. Photo: Tshegofatso Ngobeni

Tshwane councillor for ward 81 Godfrey Mulaudzi is working on a plan to make ensure his area remains safe and clean.

Rekord spoke to Mulaudzi on Monday regarding challenges in his ward which affect the Sunnyside community.

Mulaudzi highlighted a number of issues including drugs, police corruption, crime and other social ills which were detrimental to his ward.

Despite being part of the opposition, Mulaudzi said his role was to ensure that services were brought to the people of Sunnyside.

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“The community of Sunnyside does not have sporting facilities, do not have a public library, do not have a community centre, do not have a public clinic. The community of Sunnyside requested a clinic, community centre to double as both library/information centre and that Caledonian stadium be open for public use,” said Mulaudzi.

He said the Tshwane metro had not indicated when it would make resources available.

“This infrastructure will get the people of Sunnyside out of trouble of many social ills, drugs and crime as they will have activities to do after work or school,” he said adding he was working hand in hand with other stakeholders to rid the area of drugs.

“We are going to have another annual march against crime, drugs and human trafficking in Sunnyside as part of the awareness campaign especially against drug peddling and abuse, as well as building safer communities of Sunnyside. The march will take place in first week November. Organisation and other parties should contact me to see how best we can do this together.”

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Mulaudzi said while community policing was an effective crime fighting strategy, the lack of implementation of plans was hampering the fight.

He said earlier this month, he met with the Sunnyside police, metro police and property owners regarding the establishment of a Sunnyside community watch programme which would enable the community and police to fight crime, especially in Robert Sobukwe Street.

“This is entirely a community initiative and the stakeholders from that meeting gave me the mandate to go ahead and they are fully on board with this initiative. This demonstrates the interest of Sunnyside residents in joining hands with the police to fight crime and build a safer and peaceful Sunnyside,” he said.

Once the community watch programme is in place, Mulaudzi said he hoped Sunnyside would become a more dignified and safer place for people to live in, raise their families, work, study and socialise.

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Mulaudzi said there was an increase of public drinking in the area.

“We are going to remove all anti-social behaviour from the area. I’m encouraging all residents to take it upon themselves to stop public drinking,” said Mulaudzi.

Mulaudzi can be reached via email to lgmulaudzi@gmail.com or lindelaniM2@tshwane.gov.za or by phone on 063-694-3443.

Sunnyside based ward 81 ANC councilor Godfrey Mulaudzi
Photo: Tshegofatso Ngobeni

 

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Tshegofatso Ngobeni
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