Sacked: 150 volunteer crime fighters found to have criminal records

2009-08-31 00:00

FORTY-THREE unemployed youths were fired from the KwaZulu-Natal Volunteer Social Crime Prevention Programme (VSCPP) after they were found to have criminal records, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu said at the weekend.

One volunteer was arrested and faces charges of housebreaking and theft, Mchunu told 150 volunteers at a graduation ceremony in the Sisonke District Municipality in Umzimkhulu.

He assured the graduates that since the screening had been beefed up, the programme had never flirted with crime.

“You are real ambassadors of a fight against crime. Your past criminal records are clean. Do your work diligently and be of service to your communities and your country.”

Mchunu said the VSCPP has been a success and that it will play a significant role in the fight against crime in communities as well as during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. By 2010 the programme is expected to have recruited and trained 2 100 volunteers across the province. Mchunu said the target will be “exceeded … To date, we have trained 1 850 volunteers.”

The VSCPP was launched in 2008 because of high levels of social crime. Volunteers are trained in first aid, self-defence and understanding social crime.

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