Members praised for job well done

2018-01-17 06:01
The deputy minister of police, Bongani Mkongi, addressed the media on Wednesday (10/01) at the Galeshewe Police Station. From the left are Mkongi, Pantsi Obusitse (co-founder of Operation Wanya Tsotis and Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuru (police commissioner).

The deputy minister of police, Bongani Mkongi, addressed the media on Wednesday (10/01) at the Galeshewe Police Station. From the left are Mkongi, Pantsi Obusitse (co-founder of Operation Wanya Tsotis and Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuru (police commissioner).

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Praise was given to the members of Operation Wanya Tsotsi (OWT) when they handed over dange­rous weapons to the deputy minister of police, Bongani Mkongi, on Wednesday (10/01).

During the handover, the deputy minister revealed his plans to start the Crime Fighting Youth movement, which he invited OWT to be part of.

Thanking the members for a job well done at the Galeshewe Police Station, Mkongi gave the go-ahead to confiscate the weapons before he elaborated on the new crime-fighting movement.

The youth movement is set to be an organisation that members voluntarily join in a commitment towards the war against crime.

“It should be a youth movement of note. They must take up issues that affect young people. They must champion the aspirations and the needs of young people of the Republic of South Africa and change their lives for the better.”

Mkongi lashed out against political youth organisations for not taking good care of the youth in the country.

Singing the praises of the movement to be established, he added that it is a relevant development programme with the potential to steer young people away from crime.

It is further aimed at preventing the youth from facing a dangerous future due to being built like machines”.

“Human beings are responsible members of society, thus young people needs to be build as a whole human being and not as different parts of a machine.”

According to the deputy minister, it is through programmes such as these that the doors of education will be opened to the youth, since skills development and economic participation will be achieved through the National Youth Development Agency’s (Nyda) participation.

He stressed the importance of sport, recreation, culture and heritage for young people.

“This movement is not going to be a political youth movement. It is going to be a national developmental structure that should fight crime.

“It should not be fashionable for young people to commit crime, it must be unfashionable.”

Mkongi warned those who will not be belonging to this particular organisation to know that they are out of touch with the reality of South Africa.

He vowed that the movement will never be affected by any cabinet reshuffling and will instead continue to grow and work tirelessly with street committees, the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), community policing forums (CPF) and OWT.

Commenting on OWT, he said they have displayed their interest in the law of South Africa. People stick to the sick norm where they expect a stipend in order to participate in any developmental programmes in the country.

“You showed us that you do not depend on stipends to fight crime, you can do it voluntarily.”

Regarding the working relationship between the Northern Cape police services, Pantsi Obusitse, the co-founder of OWT, said they are working on finding each other and already had their first joint parade.

However, he mentioned that constitutional challenges still need to be dealt with, as well as rights and regulations.

“Like the right to arrest perpetrators, a right that we do not have.

“We continue to find ourselves in situations where we need someone to be arrested immediately, instead of leaving a suspect and go to the police station first in order to have him arrested.”

He emphasised that the challenges in the constitution needs to be addressed and changed, as it was made by the people and can be amended through government coming to the people.

“The law makes it difficult for us to fight crime, in instances when we find a person violently attempting to stab someone.

“We should not wait for that person to stab or kill the other before we act – we should be given the go-ahead to be pro-active,” Obusitse said.

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