Banking time to help fight crime

2008-08-29 00:00

KwaZulu-Natal representatives Brian Jones, Justin Foxton and Jessica Foord returned to Durban from the four-day Action For A Safe South Africa convention in Johannesburg yesterday to start a bank — not one that focuses on rands and cents, but on time.

The Hillcrest SA Community Action Network (SA Can) will be the first in the country to pilot a scheme in which community members ranging from professionals to retirees can bank a specified number of hours from which the crime fighting organisation can draw.

The three KZN representatives, who have been vocal in their criticism of the private security industry, said they will also look into establishing a non-profit security company giving the public an alternative to the private sector, which nets around R50 billion per annum.

“Crime has evolved and perpetrators have become more advanced. Unfortunately, the companies in which the public has invested a great deal to address crime no longer hold the solution.

“We need to convert this massive spend on reactive services, which have limited results, into investment into proactive community based strategies that give real results,” he said.

Rape survivor Foord, who is currently establishing Powar (Protect Our Women Against Rape) will be meeting with similar organisations, starting with the Limpopo province.

She said her participation in the Action For Victims and Crime Workshop had enabled “people in high places” to see crime from a victim’s perspective.

She also noted that South Africa has a good Witness Protection Programme that just needed implementing.

Marketing guru Foxton, who heads the national Stop Crime Say Hello campaign, said that the workshop had identified a need for a massive crime awareness campaign.

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