‘Litsha Indaba to probe crime

2016-09-22 06:00
 Mbuyiseli Boqwana

Mbuyiseli Boqwana

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Following the grim crime statistic released by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko last week, the Khayelitsha community will this weekend stage an anti-crime indaba with a view of fighting this scourge.

Khayelitsha Safety Forum chairman Mbuyiseli Boqwana said the indaba seeks to mobilize all stakeholders to work together and deal with crime decisively.

“The Khayelitsha community strongly believes that crime can be eradicated through strong partnerships between government, the private sector and community.

“This can only be achieved through a deliberate action that empowers the community through resource support, to play a meaningful contribution in the fight against crime,” he said.

Boqwana said the provincial government spent millions of rands on a commission of inquiry that dealt with things raised in Khayelitsha.

“Ironically, a commitment or similar resource support remain a need for the community structures battling to make Khayelitsha a safer place.

It is critically important to note that Khayelitsha does not want to be used as a political football under the pretext of their safety concerns,” he said.

He called for a more genuine and transparent effort to be displayed through a declaration of support to initiatives and resolutions that will be taken by the Indaba on Saturday 24 September 2016.

Without pre-empting the Indaba but guided by its concept paper, developed through participation by all role players, resolutions will be informed by the need to empower the community in a structured form and to make the appropriate intervention, which will eventually supplement law enforcement agencies in particular and add impact on criminal justice system broadly.

This will also provoke society to consciously revamp its moral compass and rebuild households.

The Indaba is one way to reclaim our societal values and commitment to the justice system. We call upon everyone to offer a sincere contribution to this initiative,”.

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