CPF donate masks to SAPS

Station commander Colonel Dawood Laing; Lieutenant Colonel Ettiene Van Ede; Grassy Park CPF spokesperson Philip Bam; Grassy Park police spokesperson Captain Wynita Kleinsmith; and CPF vice-chairperson Nicole Jacobus.

The Grassy Park community police forum (CPF) handed over 400 gloves, 60 masks and 15 litres of hand sanitiser to police on Tuesday March 31. 

The CPF said they noticed that police officers did not have these necessities during the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

CPF vice-chairperson Nicole Jacobus, said: “We believe that our community should assist as best we can to keep those who serve us safe to the best of our ability. We appreciate that they have to be in contact with people and exposed to carriers of the Covid-19 virus.

“The circumstances under which they have to enforce the safety rules while dealing with very active criminals are difficult. We hope that this gesture will be an encouragement to continue to serve.

“We thank the Gemsbok, Green Light and Raymond Circle neighbourhood watches and individuals who contributed,” said Ms Jacobus.

CPF spokesperson Philip Bam was concerned that in some parts of their precinct, people continued
to ignore the rules of the lockdown.

“The absolute recklessness is dangerous. We appeal to our community to follow the rules to stay at home and if it absolutely necessary to go out then keep the social distancing rules. This is a matter of life and death. We say: It’s not about you; consider the rest of the community. Let’s flatten the curve and know that it starts with you.”

He also appealed to residents to, “pay attention to their safety at home and ensure that opportunist criminals don’t exploit the situation”.