Edendale summit to stop crime

2015-04-23 00:00

MEC Willies Mchunu yesterday urged the Edendale community to be more active in the fight against crime and to reject and cease all attacks on foreign nationals in the country.

Mchunu, Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC, was speaking on the second day of a summit held at the Sakhamuzi Community Hall in KwaDambuza, Edendale. The first of its kind, the summit addressed criminal problems facing the community and sought resolutions to curb illegal activity.

Yesterday, on the second and final day of the summit, the community listened to six key topics, in attempts to strengthen the partnership between them and state ­authorities.

• The need to strengthen partnerships with the community and the government.

• Community policing as a strategy for crime prevention.

• Promoting the need for schools to be free from violence and crime.

• Economic transformation within the community as a strategy to prevent crime.

• The prevention of women and child abuse.

• Alcohol, drugs and substance abuse as a contributor to crime rates.

“The attacks on foreign nationals and looting of their shops is a pure disgrace,” Mchunu said.

“We need these summits in order to fight and eradicate crime. We must not wait for government and the police because they cannot do it alone. Crime can only be defeated if the police and the community work together.”

Mayors, the SAPS, traditional leaders, KZN Community Police Forum, KZN Community Crime Prevention ­Association, the KZN Liquor Authority, the National Prosecuting Authority, Youth Sector, Non-Governmental Organisations and government departments such as Home Affairs, Health, Justice, Social Development, ­Economic Development and Tourism and Correctional Services formed part of the delegates at the summit.

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