Car guards: eyes and ears of the police

HENRI UYS

On 31 August, 50 car guards received certificates from UP at a graduation ceremony.

The car guards underwent a six-month programme in life skills and crime prevention at UP. During the course, the car guards also attended police meetings every week to discuss crime in their respective areas.

One of the 50 car guards is Michael Ndimane. Speaking to eNCA, Ndimane said he has been working as a car guard for the past three years. Ndimane said, “My past life was a mess. I was not honest about my life and I was doing crime, smash and grabs.” Ndimane decided to turn his life around after spending some time in jail. Ndimane said, “I started parking cars and from it I was making an honest living, and through it I could maintain my family.”

 Colette Weilbach, Brooklyn SAPS’ spokesperson, told the Pretoria East Rekord, “For many years, informal car guards in the congested parking areas in Hatfield and surroundings of the university were seen as an irritation and a crime contributor.” Now these car guards are the eyes and ears of the police. Weilbach told eNCA: “They must be able to not only to tell us it was a white car with two men, they are trained to tell us it was a Toyota, this is the number plate, (the) front bumper has a bump, the way a suspect dresses, did they pick up the language they spoke, scars (or) anything that can help with solving the case.”

Due to this programme’s success, it will be implemented in other precincts in Pretoria. 

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