KZN has plans to pay CPFs

2008-05-14 00:00

While there are sentiments against the idea of the continuation of Community Policing Forums (CPFs) in fighting crime, the KZN government has plans to support CPFs by introducing payment for their members.

This issue was introduced at the Town Hill CPF AGM by head of the provincial department of Community Safety and Liaison, Yasmin Bacus, last night.

"There are suggestions that CPFs have come to the end of the road … But the CPFs are the most relevant bodies in the fight against crime," she said.

Bacus said that the department is establishing the positions that should be paid. "The department is still trying to come up with remuneration rate, how many CPFs … and where to get money."

She called on the CPFs to register themselves and to ensure a 50% women membership.

The AGM came 10 days after the area made headlines by busting suspects believed to be in the "five-minute-gang". Town Hill CPF re-elected chairman Stuart Knight said that in order to have a successful war against crime, there are plans to educate and uplift residents of the neighbouring informal settlement.

bhans@witness.co.za

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