Business leaders honour crime fighter

2008-09-02 00:00

One of Pietermaritzburg’s most loyal and respected residents who has spent more than a decade fighting crime was honoured at a recent combined meeting of the Business Fighting Crime (BFC) and Safe City management boards.

Des Winship, outgoing chairman of Safe City, was lauded for his drive, passion and integrity during his tenure, which was characterised by exceptional service to the city.

He will remain actively involved in Safe City and is still a board member.

Dem Kambouris, BFC chairman, told The Witness that Winship conceptualised and established the immensely successful CCtv camera system in Pietermaritzburg.

Hulamin was also officially praised for its R100 000 contribution to BFC.

Safe City is the first Pietermaritzburg municipal security entity, according to Peter Warmington, who is in-coming chairman of Safe City and is also on the management team of business fighting crime.

Originally known as “business against crime”, BFC is an initiative of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business.

Various stakeholders made urgent appeals to the city’s business community to provide financial support to the BFC.

Warmington noted that the city has sponsored the new camera systems at the Retief Street taxi rank, adding that the municipality is also very keen on developing an extended camera network in Edendale.

He stressed that a fruitful link between the police and prosecuting authorities is of vital importance to the campaign’s success.

Kambouris noted that the existing links between BFC, Safe City, the municipality, the police, the National Prosecution Authority and other groups have assisted greatly in the fight against crime.

“We want to engage with people and link people into partnership arrangements.

“This is the only effective way that one can try to prevent crime and corruption,” said Kambouris.

kavith@witness.co.za

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