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To all those that live or work in Hatfield,

I am a member of the public who often visits the Hatfield area. I have recently been very disturbed by the harassment I have had to endure, on numerous occasions, by the individuals posing as car guards in the central Hatfield area (specifically on Burnette as well as Hilda Street). Having examined the by-laws pertaining to car guards I am now aware that these individuals do not have any right in calling themselves car guards as they are not approved by any administration under the City Councils regulation. This being the case, these individuals are not held accountable for any of their actions. They have now become very abusive towards the public, specifically targeting women, when not receiving remuneration for watching over patrons cars. I and many others feel scared when parking in Hatfield and have stopped frequenting many of the popular restaurants in the area.

On one occasion a friend of mine did give one such man, standing near her car, a five Rand coin; he then said that this was not enough and that she should look for more to give him. She repeatedly told him that she did not have anything else to give him; at which point she opened her car door and got inside her car. He then stopped her from closing her car door. Feeling extremely threatened, she gave him the pizza she had just collected from Mimos, closed her car door and left. On another occasion when I had got back into my car in order to leave, a car guard knocked violently on my car demanding I give him something. I said no and reversed out of the parking. He then stood in front of my car not permitting me to leave. Thinking that he may attack me if I got out of my car to confront him, I had to then avoid him as I drove off quickly. He banged on my car as I drove off. This was an extremely traumatic experience and I have since decided not to go into the area with my car any longer. This I feel is unjust as I and others should not be bullied into not going to Hatfield due to fear of being harassed. No such car guard has yet pushed me to the floor and violently attacked me, but I wonder if that is what it will take for the authorities to remove these bullies and stop them from pestering the public who choose to frequent this popular area. The above mentioned examples were only but a few of many incidents of such intimidation.

We should not have to endure this kind of abuse. If you feel the same as I do please add your name to the petition attached.

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