District tack­les crime dif­fer­ently

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Dave Sa­vides

IDEN­TI­FY­ING and help­ing peo­ple who may end up on the wrong side of the law is a ma­jor fo­cus of a new crime pre­ven­tion ini­tia­tive headed by the King Cetshwayo (KC) District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The ef­fort hit the ground run­ning on Thurs­day when a large con­tin­gent of KC Crime Pre­ven­tion col­leagues joined mem­bers of CRG

Se­cu­rity, the SAPS and CPFs, City Traf­fic, Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety & Li­ai­son and the Depart­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment, to en­ter a lit­eral crime jun­gle.

Deep in the heart of the south­ern block in the Richards Bay CBD – lo­cated be­tween Bul­lion Boule­vard, John Ross Park­way, East Cen­tral Ar­te­rial and Gulden­gracht – lies ‘Lit­tle Bu­rundi’.

The dense bush is a no­to­ri­ous home to squat­ters, crim­i­nals, the home­less and un­doc­u­mented per­sons – all of whom are the ‘clients’ of pros­ti­tutes, who mainly com­prise young run­away fe­males.

Liv­ing in makeshift shel­ters, drug de­pen­dent and at the mercy of the el­e­ments as well as un­scrupu­lous males, the young ladies who were en­coun­tered were sur­prised to re­ceive coun­selling and of­fers of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, in­stead of con­dem­na­tion and ar­rest.

‘Lit­tle Bu­rundi’ raid looks for lost souls

Out­reach video

Aimed at in­creas­ing youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in crime pre­ven­tion ef­forts, the programme is mainly tar­get­ing the five lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties within the district.

The visit was filmed and will form part of a video to be used to reach out to young peo­ple through so­cial net­works, TV and the print me­dia.

Lo­cal youths will star in the footage and ac­cord­ing to CK Dlamini, Youth Co-or­di­na­tor of the KC District, six lo­cal schools have al­ready been cov­ered in ar­eas such as Brack­en­ham, eSikhaleni, Ar­bore­tum and KwaMbonambi.

The group who par­tic­i­pated in the ‘raid’ which was co-or­di­nated by Robert Mbuyazi, sec­re­tary of the King Cetshwayo CPF Clus­ter Board Dave Sa­vides

A young pros­ti­tute liv­ing in ‘Lit­tle Bu­rundi’ is coun­selled by con­cerned Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son mem­bers Thandi Hlophe (mid­dle) and Sibulelo Ntuli (right) with vol­un­teer Dumi Zikhali pay­ing close at­ten­tion

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