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SAPOA concerned about safety at shopping centres in Ekurhuleni

12 Sep 2019

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South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) members with shopping centres in the Ekurhuleni municipality, east of Johannesburg, are concerned about safety in the centres.

SAPOA has written to the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Councillor Mzwandile Masina, requesting law enforcement be tightened in and around the centres and the safety of shoppers protected.

“Whether within commercial, retail or industrial environments, safety of the occupants in the property is at the core of our member company’s daily operations,” says SAPOA.

There have been reported incidences of shoppers being dragged out of Uber vehicles by the metered taxi drivers at Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bedford Gardens and Park Meadows respectively.

This not only threatens the lives of the shoppers, but of the Uber drivers too and could have a domino effect, resulting in not only shoppers feeling unsafe, but driving commuters away, says SAPOA.

Chief Executive Officer of SAPOA, Neil Gopal, was of the understanding that the issues raised between the two organisations had been resolved and a mutual understanding reached.

“It seems certain individuals are determined to break the law at all cost. This is putting the safety of shoppers at risk and cannot be tolerated,” he says.

SAPOA wrote to the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Councillor Mzwandile Masina, on the matter in November 2018, requesting law enforcement be tightened in and around the centre and the safety of shoppers protected.

“We respectfully request that the City safeguard the shoppers to and from the centre and deal with the offenders in the area so that the general public’s confidence can be restored, and the safety of shoppers protected,” adds Gopal.

A follow-up letter was sent to the MMC for Public Safety, Councillor Michael Sun and Police Chief of Ekurhuleni Municipality, Isaac Mapiyeye, this month requesting a meeting to jointly coordinate the efforts of the commercial property industry and the public sector in the interest of public safety.

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