Gugs in greater bid to fight crime

2018-12-13 06:02
The Safety and Security Indaba organised by Gugulethu Progressive Development Forum.      PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

The Safety and Security Indaba organised by Gugulethu Progressive Development Forum. PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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The Gugulethu Progressive Development Forum (GPDF) hosted a Safety and Security Indaba in Gugulethu last Thursday.

The forum was formed to develop Gugulethu into a vibrant and successful place for business opportunities and to create jobs locally.

For the Indaba, the forum invited the City of Cape Town, Law Enforcement the department of Social Development the South African Police Services various organisations from the area and the public.

GPDF’s Lee Khabele said they decided to host the Indaba because of the spectre of crime in the area.

He said they invited different stakeholders in hope that they will work together in fighting crime.

“After this Indaba I’m hopeful that we will see change in the fight against crime,” he said.

Khabele said pledges were made and they will need to keep an eye and see if they are being kept so that they can win the fight against crime.

He added that it was the first time that Gugulethu has ever had such a gathering and it was a success.

Now they will just wait to see the results.

Captain Makwedini Mdzula from the Gugulethu Police Station said crime is everyone’s problem in the community not just the police.

He said they are aware of the problem the community is faced with when it comes to crime but encouraged them to work together with police.

“We need the community of Gugulethu to work with the police and in that way, we will fight a better battle against crime,” said Mdzula.

One Gugulethu resident, Sammy Michael said such events are very important for the community.

He said it is important for the community to sit down and discuss issues that are troubling them so they can get a solution.

He added that the community needs to work hand-in-hand with the police in order to fight crime.

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