Mchunu: community policing to be reformed

2011-03-30 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety and Liaison Department is to work more closely with community voluntary groups such as neighbourhood watches and patrols. The initiative is aimed at tapping the spirit of voluntarism and curbing vigilantism.

MEC Willies Mchunu said the department has come to realise that community policing forums (CPFs) are not as effective as they should be.

They have been the beneficiaries of much training and support from his department, but with their high membership turnover, manipulation by interest groups and their continued disorganisation, they are in need of reform.

There will therefore be a drive to reconstitute CFPs, the MEC said.

Mchunu singled out Operation Juluka Tsotsi, the community patrol in Chesterville, Durban, and the community patrol group in Empangeni as models to roll out community-based policing groups throughout the province.


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