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‘Make our community safe and prosperous again’

Sh. Shafiq Jacobs says his concerned about the future of Salt River's youth.


Residents of Salt River now demand solutions to litter dumps, crime, drugs, poor service delivery and foreigners who are taking over the streets.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE co-ordinator, Nazmie Jamodien and Al Jama-ah councillor candidate for Ward 57/115 spoke with several concerned residents.

Residents claim the drug scourge among teens and car break-ins are the major problems.

Sh. Shafiq Jacobs, a lifelong resident of Salt River and Imam at Tennyson Street Mosque said: “The people who live here are pious.

“We are not use to nightclubs, prostitution and shebeens.

“Our children use to come to mosque for every waqt and for madressa. Our youth today are faced with different challenges.

“They are exposed to un-islamic social media and porn that’s readily available on cellphones.

“We need a councillor who can stand up for us, not an invisible councillor.”

Here’s what you had to say:

Shereen Marlie: “The residents need to stand together and take back our streets.”

Faeeza Omar: “There are too many vagrants walking around at night.”

Shameela Jamal: “Crime and drugs are a major concern.”

Nadeegah Van Schalckwyk: “There is a spike in car theft and break-ins.”


Stench in Lower Main Road unbearable’

“Litter dumps, dagga and urine stench are major problems in the Salt River Lower Main Road,” says Community Police Forum chairperson for Salt River Sector 3, Fadiel Salie.

Fadiel Salie and Nazmie Jamodien, Al Jama-ah councillor candidate for Ward 57/115 went on a walk-about in the Lower Main Road.

Salie says the Lower Main Road is an eyesore.

“The foreigners who runs businesses and lives on the premises are taking over the Lower Main Road.”

“They are the cause that Salt River residents are living in filth.”

“The foreigners just do as they please and have a don’t care attitude. I have laid several complaints, but nothing is being done.

“The DA Ward councillor is nowhere to be seen.”

While jostling through the mobs of people loitering around and making way through illegal exhibits on the sidewalk, a female foreigner came out of her shop and dumps her litter bags on the corner. When we confronted her to remove the dirt, she flatly refused.

Salie says another major concern is the selling of drugs in the Main Road.

Salie futher said the greedy, unconcerned landlords are also to be blamed.

“The foreigners live up to four families in a confined space.”



Families squatting on D6 land demand houses

Aspris squatters who are illegally invading land in District 6, claim they come in peace and demand their human rights to housing.

The squatters who protested to make a statement for housing decided to make their homes on the vacant land. The squatters who are also known as the ‘social liberals’, say they are gatvol of the empty promises made by the DA-led city.

The Social Liberals spokesperson Sheri says: “We come in peace.

“We are not a violent group. We only want our human right to have access to low-cost housing.

Sheri told PEOPLE’S CHOICE most of the people here have been on the housing list for more than 15-years.

“It is unfair that people who come here from the Eastern Cape gets housing and we don’t.”

A squatter, Albert Abels says: “The city keep on making empty promises.

“We will not leave here, until we get answers from the housing department.”

Member of Parliament and Al Jama-ah leader, Hon. Ganief Hendricks says: “The City should be held responsible.”






Ward 115 By-Elections – 9 December 2020

Voting stations: Salt River Railway, Chapel Street Primary, Woodstock Town Hall, St George’s Cathedral

A local boy-band from Lavender Hill who started out playing in their garage have the opportunity to jet off to Spain next year February to perform at various venues in Majorca.

The only obstacle standing between them and Spain is to raise enough funds to get them there.

Band leader, Josh duPlooy, dubbed Jay-dee says the band members of Elevated Soul are geared to thrill the audience.

“It was always a life-long dream for us to to go overseas and play before a big crowd.

“It’s been a challenge to put up a band without having a decent venue.

“Gangsterism and drugs are rife in our community. So you have to remain focus.

“We are all determined and possess the passion to make a name out there.

A fundraiser event #Prosperity will take place 30 January.

The event is geared to show case local talent.

For more information contact:

VOTE Nazmie Jamodien-9 December

The time is now to turn our community back to its former glory, says PEOPLE’S CHOICE founder, Nazmie Jamodien who is standing as councillor for Ward 115.

“Jamodien says: “For more than 16-years I could only address the plight of our people through the PEOPLE’S CHOICE newspaper, but now i have the opportunity to do something constructive about it to bring about change.

“I was born and bred in the area. I know the struggles and hardships our people are forced to endure.”

More concerns

Jamodien further says, residents are fed up with empty promises made by bigger political parties.

“Litte or nothing is being done in our community.

“After Councillors get a seat you don’t hear or see them.

“Crime, unemployment, lack of affordable housing, drug dens, lack of accommodation for the homeless and the impact of the refugees on our community are major issues in our area.

“I believe through unity and new leadership we can make a difference and bring about change.

“I urge residents of Ward 115 to raise their voice and cast their vote.”


Community veteran, Mr Tahir Levy says: “We need to challenge these political parties who are in power.

“The struggle is real. Most people can’t cope with the high cost of living.

“There are far too many young people who are unemployed and roaming the streets.
“Give Nazmie Jamodien a chance, after all he is a homeboy from the area.”

Ward 115 by-elections – 9 December, Voting stations: Chapel Street Primary, Salt River Railway, Woodstock Town Hall, St George’s Cathedral-CBD


Year -in and year-out, nothing is being done where I live. In Fact, we’re actually worse off. And, our lives are worsening all over Ward 115.

Residents are fed up with mounting piles of rubbish on street corners. A lot of residents having their water cut. And numerous unattended to issues.

The DA councillor candidate standing for our residential area is someone who does not live among us. I’ve never seen him before. In fact, no one has seen him – but he wants you to choose him as councillor!

We need a councillor who will not rest until Salt River, Woodstock and District Six are brought back to its former glory; there never used to be piles of rubbish on almost every street corner, we never allowed nightclubs and shebeens. Crime is out of hand. Drug trafficking is firmly rooted in the area. The issues are numerous.

What are the solution? Let us stand together and stand up for our rights.

VOTING STATIONS: Salt River Railway, Woodstock Town Hall, Chapel Street Primary School, St George’s Cathedral, Jan Van Riebeeck Primary, Hellenic Club, Ellerton Primary School

I thank you for voting for me.

Level one – too little too late?

Level one saw the opening of the economy but is it too late to save the damaged caused by level five lockdown.

Small and big businesses were hit hard alike by the national lockdown. The damaged caused by the lockdown had a ripple effect in society.

People pleaded with the president to opened the economy, but it fell on deaf ears. Many small and big businesses were forced to close shop resulting to job loss.

More than a third of the economy is destroyed.

The president has yet again made a loan by the IMF (International Monetry Fun and World Bank) to bail the country out of the pandemic crisis.

According to reports, an economist Morgan Stanley said the economy will take a while to recover.

Will the economy and the society stable as we enter 2021?

Concerned residents

Mogammad Adams, a DSTV installation technician says the lockdown has crippled him. “I’m struggling to keep afloat. People are counting their pennies before they spend on luxury items.”

Habib Edwards, student accommodation manager said: “All our rooms are empty. We will have to wait what the new year brings.”

Quawnieg Bailey, Education Training and Development practitioner said: ” Level One was left too late. The country was already in a recession before the lock down. I have no work.”

New kid on the block, Razaan flying high.

Support local artists says singer Razaan

New singer on the block,  Razaan has just released her new CD.

However, she feels young female artists do not get the proper respect and support they deserve.

“It’s tough out there and hard work.

“I would like everyone in Cape Town to listen to my tunes.”

“In order for this to happen, Cape Town needs to support local artists,” she says.

Visit her Fb page: Razaana and Instagram @razaana_official

New kid on the block, Razaan flying high.


Shafieka sets her love free in her new single  ‘Let you go’.

Shafieka urges the community to check out her new sounds on social media.

She says: “My new single is about losing the one you love.
“Everyone has lost that special someone.

“The song is about setting your love free.”

Visit her social pages : @Shafieka Patel

High Roller: Shafieka Patel




Cape Town is the most violent city which is not at war

According to crime statistics, Cape Town is considered one of the most violent cities in the world and is the most violent city in the South Africa.

Residents on the Cape Flats are constantly living in fear due to the incessant gangster shootings.

A resident from Eastridge in Mitchells Plain, Jakoef Losper says he’s ‘gatvol’ over the gangsters shooting in the area.

“Bullets fly up and down past my house everyday.

“I’m concerned over the safety of our children.

“The gangsters are out of control.”

Another resident from Eastridge in Mitchells Plain Shafeek Wickham says: “People going to work often get mugged at bus stops by gangsters.

“Our safety is a major concern.”

Mogamat Adams from Vanguard Estate says the high crime rate affects everyone.

He’s concerned about car-hijackings that’s rapidly on the increase.

“We’re not safe on the roads any more.

“Leaders need to come together and do something about the gangsters.

“It seems our government is gaining from crime.

“There is never enough police around when the gangsters are shooting.

“But when residents are protesting against crime they are  being looked at as the vigilantes.”

Faiez Jacobs, from the ANC says: “The DA is to blamed and don’t want to co-operate with the ANC.”

Mayor Dan Plato says: “The law is too lenient.”

Plato has budgeted R25million for additional city police to curb violence in the City and in the townships.

He says:”I will strenghten control in the CBD as well as in the township.”

He further says: “Gangsters have a field day in the jails where they get free food and television, almost like hotel service.”