Cele launches rural safety plan

2011-07-16 10:55

A national rural safety strategy which envisages farmers, rural communities and the police co-operating to stop crime was unveiled by police chief General Bheki Cele yesterday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo said the plan would be rolled out in all nine provinces in the coming weeks.

It would see officers being given the right equipment and vehicles, including horses and, where necessary, helicopters.

The country’s largest agricultural union, AgriSA welcomed the announcement.

“In terms of the strategy, rural safety and the combating of stock theft will improve considerably because all role players will work together in a co-ordinated manner,” chairperson Andre Botha said.

The union worked closely with the police to finalise the plan, and appreciated the fact that various recommendations made by AgriSA were incorporated.

“The success of the strategy will depend largely on the practical implementation thereof by the local police force.”

He urged Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to ensure competent and enthusiastic police officers, with the necessary equipment, were assigned to implement the initiative.

“AgriSA and its members are ready to co-operate with the police and to offer the necessary support,” said Botha.

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