Polokwane Municipality and the South African Police (Saps) in Mankweng staged a crime awareness campaign in a municipal park in Mankweng Zone 1 last Thursday.
The event was also attended by Dikgabane Rampedi, Eskom Limpopo Customer Services Manager, who emphasised the impact of cable theft.
Acting Communications and Marketing Manager of the municipality, Matshidiso Mothapo in a media release stated that the aim of the campaign was to educate local residents and students on how to avoid being victims of contact crimes under the title #crime must fall.
Speaking at the event, Mankweng Station Commander Gift Makhubela is quoted to have said that crime statistics in Mankweng are disturbing.
“Our youth are indulging heavily on drugs and alcohol during the weekends which result in criminal activities taking place”, Makhubela said.
Makhubela indicated that government is working hard to fight against contact crimes which include rape, murder, assault and robbery.
Acting Executive Mayor Eunice Maraba reportedly emphasised that violent crimes are a stumbling block to development of safe and healthy communities.
“Crime often deprive the community of their rights and dignity which poses a threat to peace and freedom of association. Prevention of crime is a national priority which seeks sectors of government to intervene by reducing and preventing crime at all levels,” Maraba said and added that, according to statistics from the Police, Mankweng has the highest crime rate in Polokwane in terms of contact crimes.
Maraba requested residents to create a safe and ‘feel home’ environment at all times.
“As Polokwane Municipality we urge everyone in the society to play a complimentary and supporting role to the men and women in blue who are working tirelessly in protecting our people and ensuring that they continue to live in harmony in their homes,” Maraba concluded.
Story: BARRY VILJOEN