MINUTES OF THE NORWOOD COMMUNITY POLICE FORUM (NCPF) - EXECUTIVE MEETING DATE OF MEETING – 30 JUNE 2010 NORWOOD CPF PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES WELCOME AND APOLOGIES IN ATTENDANCE – EXECUTIVE -ORGANISATION Duncan Barker - DB - NCPF Nick Barklem - NB - NCPF Aimee Ginsburg - AG - NCPF Jacqueline Ramara - JR - NCPF Sol Cowan - SC - NCPF Wendy Rubenstein - WR - VSU Ray Wolder - RW -S2&4 Mervyn Cirota - MC -S2&4 Other Linda Makhabela - LM Geraldine Hochman - GH D Hochman - DH Nicholas Othonos - NO Darryl Marcus - DM Jonathan Malkin - JM Ayanda Buthelezi -AB (Caxton) APOLOGIES Russell Cohen - RC Eda Meltzer - EM – NORA Marcelle Bloom-Ravid - MBR 1. Welcome DB welcomed the attendees and the committee members present. 2 Apologies As listed above. 3. Minutes, meetings & record keeping Minutes & record keeping DB brought up the issue that the CPF does not have a secretary and this has meant that the minutes and record keeping has been slow. DB also queried how long we should keep our records as there was no detail in the constitution regarding this. MC – Three years should be sufficient. DB put it to the floor that he would like to dispose of all paper based records that are older than three years from year beginning 1 April 2010. DB This was accepted by the members present NB NB – We should recycle the paper to be used by all the members. Meetings: CPF meetings for the rest of the year will be the following: Public meetings – Bi-monthly - 25 August 2010 - 27 October 2010 - 24 November 2010 Executive committee meetings – Bi-monthly - 28 July 2010 - 29 September 2010 Sector crime forums – These will be forwarded to us 4. Finances There was no financial report for the meeting. This will be presented at the next meeting to be held in July. The Audit of the financials was discussed and Mr N Orthonos (N.O.) suggested that two members of the executive committee can sign off the accounts as a true reflection. The Chairman and another member of the Executive (SC, AE, JR or NB) would be the counter-signatory. The signatories on the Nebank bank account were changed to DB, SC and AE. The Standard Bank account will be closed by signing a cheque for the balance and transferring that over to the Nebank account. SC – will set up a meeting with the Nedbank to negotiate a lower or minimal fee account and to discuss our options going forward. SC 5. Section 21 Company DB presented to the members and public present the desire to change the current CPF into a S21 company. The name has been reserved through CIPRO and he had been pushing forward to gather information and the other details for this. NO suggested that this was not necessary as the CPF could merely become a PBO (Public benefit organization) instead of a S21 company registered in terms of the Companies Act. MC mentioned that this had been mooted at Bramley but not allowed. DB to meet with NO to discuss the possibilities and logistics of changing the CPF to a PBO. DB 6. Norwood CPF Initiatives General discussion about the initiatives already in place in our area. 1& 2 – Crime forums & S2 & 4 Crime forum report MC presented this report: • Councilors are important to our committee and the work of the GFA (Geographic Focus Area) is proving invaluable for our area. Earl Stoles & Nazira Cachalia are doing great work. • They are concentrating efforts on by-law and land usage enforcement. • Doing this through getting the different departments in the city to work together and get more involved in performing their mandated duties. • JMPD is not involved enough in by-law enforcement. This is partly due to their capacity constraints in terms of personnel. They are also not knowledgeable on the by-laws they are there to enforce. Neither are the SAPS. • There is a car wash and other illegal activities being carried on at 504 Louis Botha Ave. 3 – Website & GFA All discussed. 4 - Other th The case of 20 15 Str was brought up. The couple were present and discussed the details of their fight with a neighbor who is building illegally. There was a discussion on the new legislation dealing with communes. The house is one of many in their road that have been an issue now and in the past. The City of Johannesburg (COJ) has been unhelpful and sent them on a run-around for years. The building inspectors did come out. There was a concern from the residents that the SAPS have been called out to harass them and advise to them to stop their course of action. The NCPF have promised that they will look into this. The event occurred on the 26 June 2010 at 19:00 and then again DB on the 30 June 2010 the NW 52 vehicle was spotted in their road & at their neighbours. Previously the SAPS have been unwilling to assist with this as it is out of their jurisdiction. Illegal land use and the enforcement of the relevant by-laws restricting this was once again discussed. JM – brought up the concern legitimate businesses on Grant Ave were being chased for their licenses and regulations enforced on them. This represents a waste of resources when there are other more serious crimes to enforce. Why not focus on Louis Botha? NB – The focus is on legality of businesses and their need for security. There is a requirement to make all businesses comply with the law in order to ensure that all are on the same page. The CPF did hold a meeting for the businesses on Grant Ave but hardly any of them came to it. JM – There must be one operation and it should be careful to not represent harassment. The general consensus is that the law must be followed no matter who or where you are in our area. DM - 5 & 7 Osborne was brought up and discussed. 7. The following initiatives & items were discussed: The school programme with Const Sanyani needs to be up and running. There was a concern raised that there is a low profile of this department/division in the SAPS. MC – need more press as most of it is negative. The CPF should show what is achieved at the operations with the press & get them involved. AE – presented the plan of creating a spatial representation of the area and the crimes that are occurring in the relevant suburbs/areas. It will be a powerful tool that can be used by ourselves and the police to track issues. 8 Youth group – this was not discussed due to time constraints 9 SC – had an incident where he was threatened at an intersection on the road by a man wielding a weapon (firearm). He laid a charge with the police with all the details and the case was withdrawn by the Public prosecutor due to there being little chance of prosecution. The NCPF finds this unacceptable and will push forward to obtain a court appearance for the person and prosecution privately. SC The NCPF agrees that this is a precedent as that person is a danger and could hurt someone in the future if he is not prosecuted for his threatening actions.