Letter writer discredits freedom of media

2016-03-23 06:00

I REFER to “Anonymous”, who wrote to you, and for that matter, to any press media for the first time and who clearly has an ill-informed position similar to that of Sector 1 chairperson.

I feel sorry for your readers who religiously follow the content of your paper, especially when they come across an article that has no reference to any of your publications.

I can only imagine the wilderness they must find themselves in when reading an article such as that of Anonymous.

Firstly, all letters, either to this publication or the South Coast Sun, is addressed to the Editor.

The Editor holds the right to publish or alter the content of such a

letter and therefore my letter that is being referred to by Anonymous, in the South Coast Sun dated 11 Marchwas written to the Editor.

Anonymous has countless questions which raises speculation about his or her intention of questioning the conduct of the Editor of the South Coast Sun in your paper.

Rather than appreciating good journalism on the part of the South Coast Sun Editor, Anonymous opted to discredit and question the freedom of media.

Shame, shame and shame to one desperate and lost soul.

Secondly, Anonymous makes reference to the term “we” and speaks with a forked tongue, and to avoid deviating from the point, we wish to congratulate “them” for yet another successful failed attempt to derail a programme of the Community Police Forum and SAPS of Amanzimtoti.

Here are the facts about the CPF and the #CrimeMustFall Peaceful Walk:

• The #CrimeMustFall Peaceful Walk is in partnership with the SAPS Amanzimtoti and to place “them” in a comfort zone, Colonel Nkabinde is part of the organising committee from the initiating phase. In fact,he will be in the front line leading the #CrimeMustFall Peaceful Walk.

• The #CrimeMustFall Peaceful walk has, from the onset, (and a paper trail will proof this), extended an olive branch to everybody, including sector­ forums, the tourism industry, schools and SGBs, security companies, NGOs and NPOs. For the record Sector 1 secretary and Sector 2 chairperson was at the stakeholders meeting on 1 March and the so-called illusive briefing document is in their possession and in the possession of stakeholders.

By the time this letter goes public, there would have been a public meeting to sensitise and brief the community.

All this is set out as a road map to a peaceful #CrimeMustFall Peaceful Walk. In essence, the objective of the #CrimeMustFall campaign is to mobilise­ a diverse community in solidarity­ against crime, police killings and social ills, thus strengthening the relationship between the community and the SAPS.

• The #CrimeMustFall Peaceful Walk is merely one leg of many actions to take place to restore peace and stability in the communities serviced by the SAPS of Amanzimtoti. For record purposes, its due to the #CrimeMustFall Peaceful Walk that the minister of police, the acting national commissioner of the SAPS and their entire delegation will meet with all role players after handing over memorandum of understanding immediately after handing over the

Memorandum of Understanding on 02 April 2016. First time ever that such a prestige delegation of

the SAPS will meet with role players, under one roof in Amanzimtoti. Also, PSIRA (regulating authority

for Private Security Companies) Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Chauke, has pleaded with the CPF

Executive to meet ALL security companies in Amanzimtoti prior to the #CrimeMustFall Peaceful Walk

to look at all their challenges and to come up with an amicable solutions in dealing with the

unregulated car guard challenge in Amanzimtoti of which this meeting will happen on 29 March 2016.

Anonymous and “THEY” might not see the importance or relevance of this but the majority

community members of Amanzimtoti expressed appreciation for the #CrimeMustFall initiative.

• The constitutional mandate of the CPF are as follows and looking at the bigger picture we feel

comfortable that we are meeting all these constitutional requirements during our #CrimeMustFall


4. Vision –

4.1 The vision of the Community Police Forum is community mobilization towards a safe and peaceful

Amanzimtoti station area.

5. The Aims and Objectives of the Community Police Forum are to –

5.1 establish and maintain a partnership between the community and the Police Service;

5.2 promote effective communication between the Police Service and the community;

5.3 promote cooperation between the Police Service and the community to fulfill the needs of the

community regarding policing;

5.4 improve the rending of police service to the community;

5.5 improve the transparency in the Police Service and the accountability of the Police Service to the


5.6 promote joint problem identification and problem – solving by the Police Service and the community;

5.7 promote community policing in the station area;

Dear Editor, we would not have done justice if we did not go into such create detail explaining the #CrimeMustFall

Peaceful Walk Against Crime, Police Killings and Social Ills because Anonymous and “THEY” in our view totally disrespected your readers by giving half truths if any at all.

In conclusion, Anonymous and “THEY” should dig deep into their conscious and again if any, and tell your readers what impact or contribution they have made to protect the people of Amanzimtoti serviced by the SAPS of Amanzimtoti. History will speak for itself and has proven to be an objective judge, but for the record, Amanzimtoti CPF has always maintained that the SAPS can’t fight crime alone and that it needs communities to assist them. Just a last bit of advice, the actions of those who opted to fight crime through Carte Blanche in 2014 remain an example of how a community should never stoop to as the negative effects are still being felt by business and the image of Amanzimtoti.


T. Ackermann

Amanzimtoti Community Police Forum – PR Officer

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