Police talk with locals

2015-08-18 06:00
Philippi police management addressed Isiqalo informal settlement residents at an outdoor imbizo on Jakes Gerwel Drive on Sunday last week. 

Lance Goliath

Philippi police management addressed Isiqalo informal settlement residents at an outdoor imbizo on Jakes Gerwel Drive on Sunday last week. PHOTO: Lance Goliath

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In a bid to strengthen their partnership with the community, Philippi police recently held an imbizo to mobilise the community.

The imbizo was held with the community of Isiqalo informal settlement on Jakes Gerwel Drive on Sunday afternoon last week. About 500 residents attended the imbizo.

Street committees in Isiqalo have been established over a period of time and are actively involved in the prevention of crime.

Police station commander Colonel Frankes de Vis, detective commander Lieutenant-colonel Shannon Manuel, commander of support services Lieutenant-colonel Christopher Petersen, commander of visible policing Lieutenant Desmond Laing and sector commanders Warrant Officers Keith Vollenhoven and Ettienne Conradie addressed the residents on issues of crime and the role of the community in the prevention of crime through partnership policing.

“The main objective of today’s imbizo was to address the community on community retaliation, as sporadic incidents were reported. Police reached their goal by means of residents agreeing not to take the law into their own hands,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Lance Goliath.

Residents in turn raised concerns and gave their input on issues of crime.

The residents were encouraged to report crime and corruption among police and the community. Pamphlets containing valuable numbers were also distributed.

A follow-up imbizo will be held in which other government departments will be invited to participate.

Several successes have been reached through the partnership between police and the community, said Goliath.

De Vis thanked the community for their involvement and partnership with police.


Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 695 1500 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential

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