SNHW Constitution


  1.  Definitions

Executive Committee” means the elected office-bearers of the Sunnydale

Neighbourhood Watch, viz the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary,

Treasurer and Operations Manager.

Management Committee” means the elected Executive Committee plus co-opted office–bearers viz Assistant Operations Manager, Public Relation/Fund

Raising Co-ordinator, Membership Co-coordinator, Website Administrator and

Section Leader representative.

Community Police Forum” means the Community Police Forum established in terms of the SA Police Service Act for the Fish Hoek Police Station area.

“Dangerous weapon” means any object other than a firearm which is likely

to cause serious bodily injury if it were used to commit an assault as defined by the Dangerous Weapons Act No 71 of 1968.

“Sunnydale” means the area bounded by:

Ou Kaapse Weg, Kommetjie Road, Sunnydale Road, Buller Louw Blvd, Hou Moed Ave, Noordhoek Main Road.

“Police” means the South African Police Service, the Metro Police of the City of Cape Town, the Law Enforcement officials of the City of Cape Town and any other public agency, the purpose of which is to abate or alleviate crime within


2. Establishment

The Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch is hereby established in terms of this Constitution.

3. Aims and Objectives

The objectives of the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch are to:

(a) Nurture a sense of unity, dedication and good neighbourly relations among the residents of Sunnydale.

(b) Serve as a watchdog for the community and the local police services, thereby assisting the local police to safeguard the community against criminal activities and strive for a safe and secure environment.

(c) Provide a channel through which local communities can play a meaningful role in crime prevention.

(d) Create public awareness with regard to safety, crime prevention and protection of families and their property.

(e) Encourage the community to work in close co-operation with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and other structures such as local authorities who are involved in law enforcement.

(f) Unite a diverse residency in creating a stable and crime free environment.

4. Accountability

The Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch is accountable to the South African Police

Service and the Fish Hoek Community Police Forum.

5. Membership

(a) Membership of the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch is open to all above the age of eighteen (18) who reside in the area of operation or have direct business or interest in the area defined in paragraph 1 ‘Definitions – Sunnydale’ above, irrespective of political or any other affiliation.

(b) The details of all members of the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch shall be kept in a register and updated annually. The register must contain the name, address, identity number and telephone details of each member together with the Indemnity form signed by that member.

(c) The Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch may determine a membership fee. In the event where such a fee is applicable, payment will not be enforced in any way, neither shall membership be dependent on such a fee. The payment of such a fee shall remain voluntary at all times.

6. Nature and Liability of the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch

(a) The Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch is a voluntary, non-profit association, does not have any juristic personality and as such does not incur any liability for the acts or omissions of any of its members.

(b) An acknowledgement to this effect “Indemnity Form” will be signed by each member of the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch upon application to join, clearly indemnifying the neighbourhood watch.

(c) It is clearly understood that members of the Neighbourhood Watch shall not under any circumstances offer violence to any person or commit any act or omit to do any act which may result in the death or injury of any person, nor shall a member of the Neighbourhood Watch while on duty carry any firearm or dangerous weapon provided that with the knowledge of the South African Police Service at Fish Hoek Police Station a neighbourhood watch member may carry such means of self-defence as the Police may approve. If, despite the foregoing, a member carries a firearm in the course of any duty or function of the Neighbourhood Watch, he or she shall be liable for all consequences ensuing from the carrying of such firearm and its use.

7. Structure and Meetings

(a) The Management Committee will consist of the Executive Members viz the

Chairperson,           Vice-Chairperson,   Secretary,     Treasurer      and           Operations

Manager as elected at the annual general meeting plus co-opted committee members.

(b) The Executive will have the authority to co-opt onto the management committee an Assistant Operations Manager, Public Relations/Fund Raising Co-ordinator, Membership Co-ordinator, Website Administrator, Section Leader representative and any other positions deemed necessary for the effective functioning of the neighbourhood watch.

c) The Management Committee as defined will meet at least every second month and an Annual General Meeting will be held during the second quarter of each year.

(d) Members must be advised at least fourteen days (14) prior to the date of an annual or special general meeting

(e) Election of Executive Committee members will be conducted via a ballot if there is more than one nomination for a position. Executive Committee members must be duly proposed and seconded and if there is only one nomination for a position the nominee will be deemed elected, if there are no objections to that candidate being selected.

(f) Any proposed changes to the constitution must be submitted in writing to the

Executive Committee at least 4 weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting. The constitution may be amended at an Annual General Meeting or special general meeting called for this purpose.

(g) The registered members present shall constitute a quorum at an annual general meeting.

(h) At least four (4) members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at an Executive Committee meeting. All resolutions will be passed by means of a fifty percent plus one (50% + 1) vote.

(i) The Executive Committee will mandate a member to address, and or make public statements/announcements, in matters pertaining to the neighbourhood watch.

8. Logos and Letterheads

The Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch may design and use its own logo and a letterhead complementing its aims and objectives: Provided that such design shall not be offensive, insulting, nor bring the Community Police Forum or the South

African Police Service into disrepute or be similar to the logo and letterhead of the

South African Police Service.

9. Finances

(a) The Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch will remain a non-profit making organisation and will manage its financial affairs in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards. All funds will be deposited into a bank account at a registered financial institution.

(b) The Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch will open a set of books which shall be subject to annual audit or certified reconciliation, as the Committee may decide, and in which shall be recorded all transactions of income and expenditure. The financial year will be for the period 01 April to 31 March.

(c) The Neighbourhood Watch may receive funds from the Fish Hoek

Community Police Forum for financing equipment and/or administrative costs. The Neighbourhood Watch may undertake fund raising from time to time to finance its activities.

(d) Any equipment purchased in terms of paragraph (c) above shall be and remain the property of the Fish Hoek Police Forum and members shall be accountable for the safe-keeping of any such equipment which may be placed in their care for their use.

10. Misconduct

(a) Any member who brings the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch into disrepute or who commits any crime or causes any damage to another in the course of his or her duties shall be charged with misconduct and in the case of a criminal act the South African Police Service shall, notwithstanding any action taken by the Neighbourhood Watch, investigate and deal with the matter in accordance with the law relating to that criminal act.

(b) A charge of misconduct shall be specified by the Chairperson of the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch and delivered in writing to the member concerned.

(c) The          Chairperson of       the Sunnydale         Neighbourhood           Watch           shall thereupon convene a panel of members to hear the matter and at such hearing the member concerned may produce evidence in his or her favour and the Chairperson of the Neighbourhood Watch may produce evidence against such member.

(d) Thereafter the panel shall make a decision either to take no further action or  to reprimand the member concerned or to dismiss the member concerned as a member of the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch.

11. Dissolution

(a) The Neighbourhood Watch may be dissolved by majority vote of a duly constituted meeting of members under the Chairmanship of the Fish Hoek Community Police Forum or if this is not possible and independent person selected for that reason.

(b) In the event of the dissolution of the Sunnydale Neighbourhood Watch, any funds in its possession standing to its credit in any banking account or any equipment provided out of funds given by the Fish Hoek Community Police Forum, shall be handed to and be placed in the custody of the Fish Hoek Community Police Forum.

Signed on ……………… day of …………………………… 2002