AfriForum’s Benoni branch joined the 200% Foundation in its #CleanMyBenoni initiative on Saturday 22 February 2020. Participating in this project was important to AfriForum, as it is proof of the organisation’s commitment to its members in the fight to “take back the town”.
The clean-up was held in the Benoni Plaza – a place that was once well loved and visited by many residents. Vagrants and drug addicts now live there in squalid conditions and the area fell into such decay that it has now become a hazard to the public.
AfriForum was responsible for controlling and monitoring all the cleaning equipment, which included rakes, brooms, spades, various cleaning liquids and refuse bags. AfriForum also oversaw the security. The event was a resounding success and was well supported by the SAPS, Ekurhuleni Metro Police, DA and ANC councillors, the Benoni Chamber of Commerce, ER24 and various other organisations.
During the clean-up, some of AfriForum’s members who were monitoring the security alerted the SAPS to a drug-dealing transaction taking place in the vicinity. Members successfully apprehended the suspect and he was arrested by SAPS. Various drugs were confiscated from the suspect. Other drugs were also found hidden around the plaza and handed over to SAPS for processing.
“Afterwards, AfriForum awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Mrs Manogari Moonsammy, CEO of the 200% Foundation, to thank her for her outstanding service to the local community. AfriForum remains committed in its support of its members and their town,” says Archie Archie Mouyis, Chairperson of AfriForum’s Benoni branch.
Join AfriForum’s neighbourhood watches today and help to keep your town safe: SMS “Buurtwag” to 45342 (R1).