INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR SAFETY

Safety in partnership

  • by Spotong
  • Oct 25, 2016
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Boksburg informal settlements are beginning to take charge of their own safety and vowed to work hand in glove with the police to root out criminal elements within their communities.  The commitment was made yesterday during the crime awareness session conducted by the Gauteng Department of Community Safety in partnership with members of South African Police Service (SAPS) Boksburg.

The prevalent incidents range from smash and grab, robberies of cellphones, car hijacking, and gender based violence.  Addressing the community of Angelo and Jerusalem informal settlements, Sergeant Cebisa Maseko, spokesperson of Boksburg Police station emphasized the need for closer collaboration with the community in order for people to live and walk the streets safely “It is critical that we maintain a good working relationship with the members of the community. The station, in partnership with Gauteng Community Safety, is in the process of establishing women and youth desks whereby community members would be afforded an opportunity to come and raise issues that affect them” said Sergeant Cebisa Maseko.

Community members were urged to join the existing Community Safety structures such as the Community Policing Forum, Men as Safety Promoter, which are fully functional in the station.

Boksburg informal settlements are beginning to take charge of their own safety and vowed to work hand in glove with the police to root out criminal elements within their communities.