Your CPF needs you

2014-09-05 00:00

THE Tongaat Community Policing Forum (CPF) officially elected its new executive and members on Sunday, 31 August at the Gokhale Hall.

In addition to those who usually attend the meeting, provincial representatives including Simphiwe Mbele, the director general for the Department of Safety and Security in the province as well as Desmond Mtambo, the provincial chairperson for the CPF board were also present.

Opening the elections, Mbele said it was an imperative meeting that has a “profound impact on the common man”.

“We are here to ensure that there is proper co-operation between the community and the police. Crime is an intense serious issue in our country and police cannot work alone. They need you, the people, to assist in whatever way you can.”

Mtbambo also explained the importance of the CPF and its function in the democratic process saying crime is not restricted to race, religion or creed.

“This is a battle that we are all fighting everyday. The CPF is meant to play a role of assistance and vigilance. Working together is always the key to any kind of democratic process. Yes, there will be disagreements and many discussions. But that is the point. We need robust debate because South Africa is such a diverse country. Not all communities have the same challenges.”

When it was time to vote, the normally controversially plagued Tongaat CPF AGM went off without so much as a mild disagreement with voting and communication going off without a hitch.

Fighting for the main seat as chairperson, Moses Mabaso - a long time community activist - went up against another household name, Nazir Sadack. Both competitors came down to the wire, but Mabaso edged out Sadack 34 votes to 28.

However, Sadack was not to be outdone after he was nominated by the house for the deputy chair position which he won without any challengers.

Other positions that were filled included secretary - Anjalay Pillay, deputy secretary - Phumzile Mathonsi, treasurer - Jeeva Pillay and public relations officer - Suresh Dilsock.

Addressing the community, Mabaso said he was prepared to lead and assured all that “it is time for serious hard work”.

“I have worked with the station commander for a long time and these issues of crime are not something new to me. There will be respect and honour in the CPF that I will be heading and we will work together to fight crime. A beautiful car is just that until it has a powerful engine to take to great places. We are that engine and I will ensure we run smoothly.”

Acting cluster commander Brigadier GP Makhoba addressed the elated community and said she was “proud of the process”.

“You have all done very well today. Everything has been democratic as well as free and fair. I want you all to know this is where the work begins. There is many hours of intense work to be done, but I am sure you are all up to the task.”

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