Volunteers take action against crime

2013-11-28 00:00

FED up with the police’s failure to curb crime, residents in the eThekwini Municipality have taken it upon themselves to tackle criminals in their wards.

Trained volunteers who will work closely with the law enforcement agencies, were introduced yesterday after they received training for the Ward Safety Committee.

Out of 103 wards in the city, 890 crime fighters from 89 wards were awarded certificates. They were trained on crime prevention techniques.

Volunteers will be managed by the city’s Safer Cities and iTrump Unit, tasked with reducing crime in the city.

The unit’s senior manager, Nomusa Shembe, said: “These are community members who are willing to dedicate their time engaging residents in crime prevention. Crime prevention is a more cost-effective option than dealing with the aftermath of crime.”

The committees are expected to participate in community policing forum meetings, raise issues and also be part of the solution.

“Crime is happening in the communities. And people involved in crime in the wards are known among the communities,” said Shembe.

Mphakanyiswa Gwala, one of the conveners, said their job is to engage the families of suspected criminals to be part of rehabilitation programmes.

The committees would deal with all kinds of crime and social ills in their respective communities.

The convenor of ward 33 in uMbilo, Sithembiso Madlala, said their objective is to deal with prostitution and drug peddling.

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