DURBAN - KwaMashu’s Community Policing Forum is doing its utmost to change perceptions of the Durban township.
The hostel area is notoriously dangerous. Two weeks ago, five people were murdered here, and at least two CPF members have been killed this year.
Once called South Africa's murder capital, it's plagued by crime – and residents are sick and tired of it.
Law-abiding residents are trying to take back their streets, but taking a stand has also put the lives of the members of the Community Policing Forum in danger.
Neighbourhood watch teams says they are constantly harassed and chased, as criminals say they'll continue with what they're doing since they're not dealing with real police.
It may take some time to reduce KwaMashu’s crime rate, but hopefully, an active Community Policing Forum will speed up the process.
* Dasen Thathiah looks at why these forums work in some areas, yet remain unsuccessful in others - watch his video report in the gallery above.