Leaders report back during walk

2016-11-17 06:01
 Maggie Sotyu talks to young women in Philippi East  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Maggie Sotyu talks to young women in Philippi East PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Police Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu visited the Nyanga Cluster area to give feedback on a series of Imbizos held in the fight to stem crime in the area.

She was accompanied by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster.

The all day event started with a brief walk around the Philippi East Bus Terminus where the department heads talked with the community, asking them about safety and their livelihood.

The quick walk then proceeded to the infamous Marikana settlement where residents settled over two years ago.

They complained about poor sanitation and lack of electricity in the presence of Ellen Molekane, the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, and Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, the Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.

Sotyu said that they wanted to promote community safety issues, especially in view of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.

“We want you to know we are strengthening our efforts to protect women and children in this period as well as to raise awareness,” said Sotyu, as she handed over information pamphlets to residents.

“We are not only gonna focus on this during this time but throughout the year... what we are doing is to highlight the violence that is inflicted upon women and children,” she added.

The convoy proceeded to the Nyanga Stadium where Jula gave a report back on the complaints that were submitted by the community.

He announced the opening of a satellite police station in Browns’ Farm near the Philippi train station.

“Browns’ Farm has been one of our problem areas and the recurring complaint was that there was a need for a station there. We therefore moved some of our members from the Nyanga police station to the facility to service the community there.

Currently there is a staff compliment of around 47 and we are looking forward to bringing more at the end of the year, when we will have members straight from the police college,” said Jula.

He announced that following complaints of lack of resources at the Nyanga Police Station 40 more members will be added to bring the total to a staff compliment of 331.

“There will also be additional vehicles to help combat crime in the police precinct,” he added.

Khululwa Mahlasela, Philippi Community Police Forum member, said that they were very grateful for the satellite station.

“We are very happy to have finally had a station but we understand that it is a temporary solution.

“We would really like to urge for the fast tracking of the building of a police station in the Browns’ Farm area.”

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