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Incident #8284
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## Hendrik Potgieter Road, Roodepoort, Gauteng
- Reported by Anonymous
The situation with the builders and vagrants on Hendrik Potgieter Street is out of hand!

As I type this mail from my office on Keymer road I am looking out the glass door at two builder vagrants who are looking at myself and a colleague from across the road at a stop street and licking their lips sexually making eye contact & laughing, my colleague just got back from the shops when the two vagrants stood on either side of her car intimidating her. She’s had to run inside and lock the trellidor.

We phoned the Edenvale SAPS only to be laughed at and put on hold with no reply on the other end.

I am a 22 year old woman residing in the Avenues, EVERY MORNING as I drive out and get to my stop street there are FIFTEEN vagrants waiting for people to pick them up for building jobs. I’m too scared to look up when I drive out my house incase I make eye contact with them.These Vagrants have unashamedly looked down my top from outside the car, wholf whistled, stood outside our gate intimidating us women, stolen our gate motor and have even chased me. They work with a syndicate and watch the movements of households in our road, of which 1 has been robbed at gunpoint in the last six months and two others have had a break in and entry. On one occasion they threw rocks and pieces of brick at my boyfriend and I they also threatened to watch and wait for our car, we got out of the road as soon as possible and happened upon a roadblock 100 meters down from where the incident occurred, the male officer assured us he would get rid of them. 15 minutes later the cop was long gone and there were DOUBLE the amount of vagrants waiting at for us with bricks.
Not even 2 nights ago my 16 year old sister in law and mother in law were nearly ROBBED at Mc Donalds Edenvale thanks to the two resident hobos that police and Mc Donalds have supposedly attempted to remove and the weekend before that my sister in laws Uber was surrounded by vagrants of which one pulled out a gun and the Uber barely got away by reversing.

I am too scared to leave my house and now they’ve migrated ALL the way down Hendrik Potgieter and Main road and are sitting all along Keymer!!

Our Community Police Forum and Edenvale SAP claim to be doing so much great work yet Edenvale is getting worse and worse!

The Police in this community are so focused on Drug Busts but I beg to question if the drug issue would be so rife if we weren’t playing host to the Jobless and Desperate that filters in from surrounding rural areas. It seems the vagrant population is growing like a big monster because it is being fed by LACK OF POLICE EFFORT AND PRESENCE.

Take Mc Donalds edenvale resident hobos, there is a young red haired white male and old Indian male (who couldn’t afford a bus trip back to Durban) that along with two elderly white males make up the hobo residence that intimidate the drive thru patrons, and if you ask them to leave you alone they go inside AND STAND BEHIND THE MANAGER FOR PROTECTION LIKE A CHILD! The Mc Donalds staff will call police who will ride around the facility once, walk inside and take a look and by that time the vagrants have walked across the street and act like they aren’t the reason the police were called. The Mc Donalds staff will even tell you themselves that they don’t bother calling the police anymore because nothing can be done unless they catch the hobos intimidating you then and there!!!!

How long until vagrants start harming woman and girls like the case reported in your paper about the Bedfordview Vagrants.

I IMPLORE YOU TO PLEASE INVESTIGATE AND PUBLISH THIS MATTER SO SOMETHING CAN BE DONE AND THE POLICE WILL FINALY TAKE THIS MATTER SERIOUSLY!!!

I suggest a petition for local residents just like the bedfordview residents did!!!!

I will happily take photos and get footage if it’ll help sort this out!!

Honestly I am so traumatized by these men/builders that even sending this mail fills me with fear.


Sincerely,

TOO SCARED TO BE AT HOME OR AT WORK.. TOO SCARED TO LIVE IN EDENVALE ANYMORE!!!
Anonymous
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