Redakteursbrief — 27 Mei 2016

Ek en my jongste stop Dinsdagmiddag laat by Domitor Drukkers om die eerste deel van die koerant af te gee. Toe tref die reuk ons. Daarna ry ons Pick n Pay toe en maak net vensters toe. Dis reg ja. Dis ons pragtige dorp se riool wat ‘n nuwe dimensie van stank bereik het. Soos die kinders sê: next level. In Onverwacht is dit ewe erg. By Waterbessie stroom die riool in die strate af. Mense is versigtig om by hulle hekke in te ry. En wie moet ons bedank?
Ons sal maar weer voor moet begin om die probleem aan te spreek, want mens mag nie ophou probeer nie.
Behalwe nou vir die stank, was ons nuusneuse baie bedrywig met al die vreeslike dinge wat hier rond gebeur. Goed en sleg. Die wonderlike werk van die polisie het veroorsaak dat ons die nasionale nuus haal. R93 miljoen se dwelms is gekonfiskeer en ‘n verdagte is gearresteer. Dis die beste nuus wat ons in ‘n lang tyd gekry het. Knap gedaan aan die polisielede wat hierby betrokke was.
Well done also to the rhino task team, the heritage protection group, members of the CPF and everyone else involved in the fight against crime in the area. The latest incident where lions were beheaded, is one of the most disgusting and repulsive actions that I’ve heard of in a long time. First the rhino horns, elephant tusks and now lion heads and paws. Makes one wonder what will be next…
There is another thing that is bothering me. I personally have a very good relationship with Lephalale police and I am not in any position to criticize them, but I am also not in a position to lie and to hide issues that are wrong. At the last CPF meeting the station commander said the media only attends the meeting to get negative news about the police so that they can write negative articles about how bad the police is. That is simply not true. We WANT the police to improve their services. We WANT to write about positive things, breakthroughs and a healthy police force. But we have to stick to the facts and the truth.
I visit the police station at least once a week and I am always treated with respect and assisted with a smile by W.O. Frans Mokoena. If his mind set and attitude can only be applied to every member of Lephalale police, there won’t be any misunderstandings or bad vibes.
Let’s work together to find a solution. A change in attitude starts with you.
— Leoni

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