Crime fo­rum plans to re­store safety, se­cu­rity to Mo­gale

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IN LIGHT of the find­ings of the re­cently re­leased Vic­tims of Crime Sur­vey is­sued for the 2015/16 fi­nan­cial year by Stats SA, South Africans in gen­eral feel un­safe and fear crime.

Peo­ple are too scared to walk alone, both dur­ing the day and night and have ex­pressed mis­trust in law en­force­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the ju­di­cial process.

“It is im­per­a­tive that ini­tia­tives such as the Mo­gale City Crime Fo­rum (MCCF) not only re­store faith in the po­lice and courts, but also em­power com­mu­ni­ties to take back their streets and sub­urbs from crim­i­nals,” said Gert Jonker, chair­per­son of the com­mu­nity po­lice fo­rum of Krugers­dorp.

There is a civil so­ci­ety ini­tia­tive com­pris­ing the of­fice of the mayor of Mo­gale City, the West Rand Cham­ber of Busi­ness and Tourism, the com­mu­nity po­lice fo­rum Krugers­dorp, the SAPS, other gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of the MCCF is to co-or­di­nate safety and se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives in Mo­gale City to en­sure a safer com­mu­nity for its res­i­dents to live and work in, he said.

This month, the fo­rum will hold a safety and se­cu­rity sum­mit Me­dia in­quiries: Dr Fay Hodza, chair­per­son, MCCF – 073 177 6639 or (fay. hodza@monash.edu) Gert Jonker, chair­man, CPF Krugers­dorp – 082 900 7832 or (ad­min@child­in­cri­sis.org.za) at the Sil­ver­star Casino com­plex in Mo­gale City from 8.30am un­til 2pm to ad­dress some of the find­ings of the Stats SA sur­vey re­ferred to.

Con­firmed par­tic­i­pants (speak­ers) at the sum­mit in­clude Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Le­setja Moth­iba, act­ing na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner, Dr Ru­dolph Zinn of the School of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice at Unisa, Dr Jo­han Burger, se­nior re­searcher – crime and jus­tice pro­gramme of the In­sti­tute for Se­cu­rity Stud­ies and Ian Cameron, head of com­mu­nity safety at AgriFo­rum.

“More than 600 del­e­gates from the busi­ness sec­tor, gov­ern­ment, NGOs, places of learn­ing and faith-based com­mu­ni­ties will en­gage with the par­tic­i­pants… We are look­ing for­ward to a new era of safety and se­cu­rity in Mo­gale City,” said Fay Hodza, chair­per­son of the MCCF.

Hodza urges res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers from across Mo­gale City in­clud­ing Krugers­dorp, Kag­iso, Tarl­ton, Ma­galies­berg, Hekpoort and Mul­der­s­drift to at­tend this sum­mit.

At­ten­dance should be con­firmed with Sammy on 076 348 7842 or info@cpf­sec­tor4krugers­dorp.org.za – Staff Re­porter

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