Police join up to reach out

2018-10-24 06:03
Maj. Gen Koliswa Otola, Northern Cape deputy commissioner for crime detection, and Lt Gen. Risimati Shivuri, Northern Cape police commissioner, with learners in Louisvale during the police’s visit to the community on 12 October.Photos: Supplied

Maj. Gen Koliswa Otola, Northern Cape deputy commissioner for crime detection, and Lt Gen. Risimati Shivuri, Northern Cape police commissioner, with learners in Louisvale during the police’s visit to the community on 12 October.Photos: Supplied

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The underprivileged communities of Rosedale and Louisvale, which fall in the region of the ZF Mgcawu Cluster of the South African Police Service (SAPS) were visited by the police and the Chinese Community Policing Forum (CPF) on Friday, 12 October.

Lt Gen. Risimati Shivuri, Northern Cape police commissioner, led a delegation that included Wang Yihan, the director general of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Cape Town, Yu Yuan, of the Chinese police, and Ming Lu of the Chinese community in Upington.

Also part of the visit were Maj. Gen. Phiwayinkosi Mnguni, deputy provincial commissioner for policing, Maj. Genl Koliswa Otola, deputy provincial commissioner for crime detection, and Maj. Gen. Kollie Matthys, ZF Mgcawu cluster commander.

The delegation visited the Sahara Strauss Clinic in Rosedale, where the operations manager of the facility took them on a guided tour. Here they handed over food hampers to TB patients.

They then proceeded to the Piet Thole Community Hall in Rosedale, where identified families and community members converged to receive food hampers and clothing parcels.

According to Col Mashay Gamieldien, police spokes­person, 200 elderly people (100 from Rosedale and 100 from Louisvale) received food hampers and clothing parcels donated by the Chinese CPF.

Moses Isaks, chairperson of the ZF Mgcawu Cluster CPF, indicated that although Mandela Day is celebrated in July, the local CPF and the Northern Cape Provincial CPF board, in conjunction with the Chinese CPF, had decided to celebrate it in October.

He said that in death, Nelson Mandela’s name was even more powerful.

“Even after 1994 we were able to forge partnerships with the Chinese people. So Mandela Day should be celebrated every day,” said Isaks.

During her address, Yihan stated that the celebration was two-fold: It marked the 100th birthday of Mandela, as well as the 28th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China.

“The Chinese community decided to give back to the local community, because they are the people who support their businesses in these areas,” Yihan said.

Shivuri quoted Nelson Mandela by saying: “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice”.

“The SAPS is there to look after the safety of our people and we must share ideas with other communities living in South Africa so that we can ensure the safety and security of all those living in South Africa,” added Shivuri.

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