Commissioner addresses ­concerns of Bhm community

2016-06-29 06:00
LT.GEN. THABETHE MPEMBE, Free State ­provincial commissioner of police (in the middle) during the march in ­Bethlehem on Saturday (25/06) before he addressed the youth and the community of Bohlokong near Bethlehem about the contact crimes that have been reported in the area.

LT.GEN. THABETHE MPEMBE, Free State ­provincial commissioner of police (in the middle) during the march in ­Bethlehem on Saturday (25/06) before he addressed the youth and the community of Bohlokong near Bethlehem about the contact crimes that have been reported in the area.

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BOHLOKONG. – Lt.Gen. Thabethe Mpembe, provincial police commissioner in the Free State, visited Bethlehem on Saturday (25/06) to address the youth and the community of Bohlokong about the scourge of contact crimes that have been reported in the area over the past financial year.

Bohlokong experienced a high number of these crimes, which include murder, attempted murder, assault and rape.

The Community Policing Forum (CPF) in the Bethlehem cluster earlier came up with a plan to host a youth imbizo in June (Youth Month), following discussions held between the CPF and the police about the rate of crime in Bethlehem.

The police in Bethlehem had recently been rated tops in the whole province. Most of the victims and perpetrators of crime in Bohlokong, however, were among the youth.

The imbizo started in the morning with a march by the provincial commissioner, some of the senior managers of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Free State, the acting cluster commander and station commander of Bethlehem. Other stakeholders were churches, the Departments of Health, Justice and Constitutional Development, Social Development, as well as the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

The march started at the Umhlangavula tavern and ended at the new hall in Bohlokong. The community was given a chance to voice their concerns and issues about the quality of service they receive from the police in general.

Mpembe encouraged the community to work with the police in defeating crime in the area and promised to deal with those members that were not forthcoming when it came to service delivery.

The event included performances by groups such as the Ditjotjela Cultural Group and the Bohlokong Mass Choir. – SAPS

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