Cape Argus

Province to address hot spots, says Fritz


THE Province will launch an operation involving a 24-hour, seven-day shift, in violence hot-spot areas, from July 1, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz says.

The operation will involve up to 90 Law Enforcemen­t Advancemen­t Plan (Leap) officers per area.

Fritz spoke in the legislatur­e, where MPL Ferlon Christians (ACDP) asked whether there were measures to bring an end to the type of violence witnessed during the recent shootings and killings in Steenberg, Lavender Hill and Sea Winds.

“The provincial response has now been formally adopted by the provincial joint operations committees, and there is a task team assigned to develop a comprehens­ive implementa­tion plan. We are also rolling out an action unit of 40 Leap members to deal specifical­ly with the kinds of flare-ups referred to in the question, in areas where violence and murder patterns indicate there is necessity, even if it is not a designated hot-spot area,” Fritz said.

Social Developmen­t MEC Sharna Fernandez said the protection of children with disabiliti­es was of paramount importance to her department, which provided funding to 10 Early Childhod Developmen­t centres (ECD) which rendered specialise­d services to children with disabiliti­es.

“The ECDs focus on capacity training to practition­ers, parents and children, using an unbiased approach in the management of children with disabiliti­es. Although day-care centres for the disabled people and ECD remained closed because of Covid-19, we continued to provide these facilities with funding. Funding was used for the salaries of their staff and 70% of the ECD used the funding to feed more than 50 000 vulnerable children across the province,” he said.

Fernandez was replying to a question by MPL Gillion Bosman (DA), who enquired how many ECD centres – catering for special needs – the department supported.

Meanwhile, Transport and Public Works MEC Daylin Mitchell said there was no system in place to determine the exact cost of repairs to roads damaged due to protest action.

“This is done as part of the normal routine maintenanc­e action, which happens on a daily basis,” Mitchel said.

Responding to Mitchell’s comment, MPL Lulama Mvimbi (ANC) said he was grateful the subject had come up, but hoped the largest portion of the blame would be apportione­d to those behind the non-delivery of services.

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