In the build-up to the launch of Operation Swara Tsotsi which is expected to be officiated in due course, Transport and Community Safety MEC Dickson Masemola joined Dan Village Community Policing Forum (CPF) in Tzaneen during crime prevention routine patrols on Monday evening.
In a voice clip made available to Polokwane Observer, Masemola said the gathering was proof of people’s power against crime. He further said it was pleasing to find residents who are committed in fighting crime and reclaiming their streets from criminals.
The incident in Mankweng on Saturday where a man allegedly murdered his two children in a gruesome manner simply implies that criminals have taken over the communities and this has to be resolved, Masemola stressed.
“I have never seen such a committed and organised community that goes all out to fight crime. This is a shining example and as government we will ensure that we strengthen this partnership.
I would like to wish you well because you are doing a good job and government will support you in any way possible. You should keep up the good work and we will continue addressing other matters affecting our communities,” Masemola remarked.
Department of Transport and Community Safety media liaison officer Joel Seabi indicated that the community of Dan Village was once terrorised by gangsters and substance abuse in the past until Premier Stan Mathabatha intervened and subsequently residents came to a point where they organised themselves to work with the Police and started patrolling the streets to get rid of the problem in the area.
Seabi further highlighted that Masemola undertook the initiative in order to intensify support to people fighting crime.
He reiterated that the exercise was in line with the stance of government to empower communities in their joining Police against law-breaking.
It is also part of the MEC’s drive in building up to the launch of Operation Swara Tsotsi which he will launch together with the Provincial Police Commissioner Nneke Ledwaba soon, Seabi concluded.
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