Fight­ing crime in Mlungisi

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT - By Abongile Sol­und­wana

A COM­MU­NITY crime-fight­ing pro­ject, Ubuhle Bezwe, is work­ing to bring about so­cial change in Mlungisi.

The non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion con­sists of six ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers who over­see a to­tal mem­ber­ship of 45. The body was formed last year in re­ac­tion to press­ing crime is­sues fac­ing the com­mu­nity.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Them­bani Tatyeka said young peo­ple were most of­ten the of­fend­ers. Ubuhle Bezwe was work­ing with stake­hold­ers like the South Africa So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency, the de­part­ments of so­cial de­vel­op­ment and health and the po­lice in their ef- forts to boost safety and se­cu­rity in the area.

They have, how­ever, been bat­tling to get the nec­es­sary equip­ment to make the pro­ject a suc­cess and in March sent out a let­ter of ap­peal to lo­cal busi­nesses ask­ing for sup­port in buy­ing ra­dios, vests, torches and uni­forms for mem­bers.

The Queens Casino is­sued the team with ten re­flec­tor vests this month with Ubuhle Bezwe thank­ing the di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions and com­plex gen­eral man­ager, Werner Grimm.

Ubuhle Bezwe act­ing spokesman Dalubuhle Ge­gana said more help was needed from other busi­nesses.

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