By Thandeka Matebesi
Leaders from Tsholotsho have expressed concern over the alarming levels of violent crimes among young people from Ward 16.
In an interview with Community Podium the local councillor, Isaac Moyo said the local leadership resolved to call an all-stakeholder meeting to try and address the challenge which has befallen the community.
“We called a meeting in our ward with the community and the police to try and address the alarming levels of crimes being committed by young people in our area. The crimes being committed are shocking, even during our youthful days we never used to witness such unruly behavior”, said Moyo.
He added: “We came together with the headmen as leaders and wrote a letter of request to the Chairperson of Tsholotsho RDC asking him to bring with him the police to our ward so that they could assist us with ways of dealing with the challenge we are currently facing. These young people who have been causing problems for the community carry extremely dangerous weapons. Five people from my ward have been killed since these youngsters started on their path of crime and violence”, said Moyo.
Moyo further intimated that the number of killings in the ward as a result of violence by the youth was worrying and gave an account of a recent murder that shook the community to its core.
“We recently buried a community member of Kwali Village, Fezile Ncube who was stabbed by a spear on his way home from a football tournament at Mkono”, he said.
Tsholotsho Rural District Council (RDC) chairperson Councillor, Esau Siwela said they had resolved to increase police presence in the ward so as to keep the area under surveillance.
“We resolved to have five neighbourhood watch committees per village and the village heads must identify the trainees and bring them to Tsholotsho ZRP for training. The ZRP officer in charge for Tsholotsho will bring a team from the police station to monitor those areas regularly”, said Siwela.
He said the crimes are a sign that there is something which needs to be corrected in the ward.”My hope is that the Ward 16 community can be rid of the violent occurrences and that they experience peace. All these murder cases that I have been hearing about are a sign that something is wrong and we need to do something about it soon. I also hope that there can be a way to get all these youngsters who dropped out of school to go back to school so that they do not spend all their time drinking and smoking at such a tender age”, he said.
According to Siwela, a police base is needed in the area to deter would-be offenders including those involved in juvenile delinquency.
“We are now lobbying for a police base in the Ward with the hope that the presence of the police can at least deter the youths from all the illegal acts they are currently involved in. With the police nearby, there would be reduced sale of illicit beer and other dangerous substances to our youth.”
Siwela took a swipe at parents who assist their young ones escape justice by concealing information that could lead to arrests of the offenders.
He also urged the community to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and the leaders in fighting crime