WC neighbourhood watch training community to combat crime

Reporter Ayesha Ismail and cameraman Mario Pedro went on patrol with newly-trained members of the Community Reaction Unit in Mitchells Plain. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Neighbourhood Watch members in the Western Cape have always played a crucial role in trying to combat crime. 

Many did this, with little or no training. 

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But now they’re being offered combat training as well as self-defence classes. 

The Community Reaction Unit was started by Neil De Beer a year and a half ago. 

De Beer makes it clear that the CRU is not above the law. 

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“We are not a vigilante group. We are a highly-trained and skilled community reaction unit that has developed in the Western Cape and work side-by-side with law enforcement," he said. 

Locals say they will take any help they can get to make their areas safe. 

* eNCA reporter Ayesha Ismail and cameraman Mario Pedro went on patrol with newly-trained members of the Community Reaction Unit in Mitchells Plain. 

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