EASTERN CAPE – Partnership between SAPS and Community Policing Forum (CPF) continuously improves towards safer communities in the Eastern Cape Province.
Provincial Management of the South African Police Service met Provincial CPF Board in a two – day CPF General Council meeting at SAPS Provincial Headquarters, from Thursday 05 September, to Friday, 06 September 2019. The gathering had different objectives, inclusive of reiterating significance of concerted efforts in the fight against crime in the Province.
The youth wing, Provincial Youth Board also formed part of the meeting. According to the Youth Board Chairperson, Mr. Lunga Minyayo, the youth wing is playing a critical role in the mobilization of youth towards effective fight against crime.
The council meeting deliberated on a number of critical issues, including prevalent stock theft in Sulenkama, Tsolo, Maluti and many other areas. The Community Police Forum (CPF) pledged to play a critical role to curb stock theft.
Gender Based Violence that is currently shaking the entire country, was also one of subjects for deliberations.
The gathering was moved by the acts of mob justice / vigilantism in some areas, and uncompromising reaction was emphasised.
The forum agreed in principle that all role players have a vital role to perform with an objective of changing the crime picture in the Province, as stipulated in the Crime Overview.
CPF went home with a task of organizing community related projects, with a main objective of mobilizing towards safer communities.
Different task teams, that were formulated earlier this year to look at different service delivery issues, presented impressive findings, which requires concerted efforts towards betterment of the service.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga commended the work done by the task teams, and encouraged them to continue with the good work. “I commend the teams for a sterling job. We want you to continue to do that without fear,” she said.
Lieutenant General Ntshinga encouraged CPF to initiate programmes with the aim of fighting crime. She indicated that victory over crime would be determined by unity and effective co-ordination among role players. She further urged the community Policing fora to take a lead in mobilizing communities in the fight against crime.
The Provincial Commissioner utilized the platform to address the issue of current rampage against foreign nationals around the country. She urged the forum deal with the fight against foreigners. “Please go out and talk to our people not to fight with foreigners. We have a mandate of protecting all citizens of this country, as well as their property,” -she urged.
The SAPS Management is confident that the working partnership with the Community Policing Forum is still critical in fulfilling the strategic objectives of the organization.
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