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SOUth AfrICANS

Gov­ern­ment will be fo­cus­ing on en­sur­ing that po­lice sta­tions have re­sources to tackle crime.

“This will in­clude per­son­nel and other re­sources to re­store ca­pac­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence at the level at which crime is most ef­fec­tively com­bated,” said Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa when de­liv­er­ing his State of the Na­tion Ad­dress (SoNA).

He said po­lice sta­tions are grap­pling with de­tec­tive and ve­hi­cle short­ages, re­sult­ing in low staff morale‚ which in turn crip­ples the po­lice’s abil­ity to ad­e­quately serve the com­mu­nity.

Gov­ern­ment will im­ple­ment the Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Strat­egy.

This will be in line with gain­ing the trust of the com­mu­nity and to se­cure their full in­volve­ment in the fight against crime.

In ad­di­tion to this will be the in­tro­duc­tion of a Youth Crime Pre­ven­tion Strat­egy will em­power and sup­port young peo­ple to be self-suf­fi­cient and be­come in­volved in crime fight­ing ini­tia­tives.

In recog­nis­ing the crit­i­cal role that NGOs and com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tion play in tack­ling poverty, in­equal­ity and re­lated so­cial prob­lems, a So­cial Sec­tor Sum­mit will be con­vened dur­ing the course of this year.

Among other things, this Sum­mit should seek to im­prove the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the state and civil so­ci­ety and ad­dress the chal­lenges that NGOs and CBOs face.

The Pres­i­dent hopes these ini­tia­tives will help ad­dress the county’s crime chal­lenge.

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