Deputy Minister of SAPS Stakeholders Engagement

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  • In response to a memorandum received from SANCO and Hout Bay Civic Association’s march against crime “Sekwanele‬: Enough is Enough” held on the 10th of August, the Deputy Minister of SAPS, Ms. MM Sotyu held a Stakeholders Engagement on September 9th, 2015 at Iziko lo Bomi in Imizamo Yethu to hear the communities concerns. The event was very well attended with community and Community Policing Forum (CPF) representation from across Hout Bay as well as Massiphumelele and Ocean View.
  • Mr. J Dyasi opened the event with an appeal for communities to work hand in hand with the police and a note of gratitude towards the CPF and Neighbourhood Watch groups for their dedication to this collaboration. Mr.Dyasi also made recognition of the police killings that have occurred across the country and the importance of communities’ support of SAPS.
  • Minister General TE Patekile recalled his visit to Hout Bay on the 30th of July and praised the members of the Hout Bay and IY CPF for their great work during the recent gangsterism and crime flare up. He gave the CPF full credit for the outcome of the gang members laying down their weapons and raised concern of the conditions SAPS and CPF must face working in Imizamo Yethu between and inside shacks without any proper lighting in the area.
  • Before opening the floor for questions the Deputy Minister explained that a White Paper on the topic of Community Police Forums, Community Safety Forums, and Neighbourhood Watches will be addressed by Parliament after the public hearing process is complete. The public hearing process is due to begin in October and if approved by Parliament, would provide more support and safety protection of these groups when on patrol and working in their communities. She also emphasized the importance members of these groups going through official security vetting to prevent criminal infiltration into these partnerships and stressed the necessity of official AGMs and maximum terms served to prevent CPF positions from being “inherited” or passed from “friend to friend”.
  • Once the floor was opened some of the questions raised included concerns over specific crimes committed, reported illegal immigrants, how to deal with learners jeopardizing school safety, and the necessity for SAPS and Metro Police to mediate their relationship with the community of Hangberg after the mistrust that remains post 2010.

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