“Your Safety and Crime Prevention”

2020-03-11 06:00
Community members at the community dialogue session in Eastwood.PHOTO: supplied

Community members at the community dialogue session in Eastwood.PHOTO: supplied

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KWAZULU-NATAL Department of Community Safety and Liason and Ward 34 recently held a community dialogue session under the theme: “Your Safety and Crime Prevention” at Eastwood Community Hall.

The dialogue was in line with one of the government’s guarantees of safety for all residents. The department and the Eastwood Community Operation’s Sukuma Sakhe had the session to discuss safety matters aimed at reducing crime in the area.

Issues that were discussed were social ills which ranged from Gender-based Violence (GBV), illegal taverns, drug usage and school violence.

At the event, an ex-offender, Vusi Mvelase who was sentenced at the age of 21 years, shared his experience of prison with the community.

During his talk, he urged the youth to stay away from criminal activities and also appealed to the community to forgive and reconnect with ex-prisoners when they have effectively served their sentences.

Eastwood community members also made an input on how they can curb crime in the area. Some of the solutions raised included the participation of men in raising children, closing down of illegal taverns, involving youth in decisions affecting their well-being and introducing sports in the community.

With the issue of school violence, an urgent meeting to discuss violence interventions at Eastwood Secondary was recently held.

Also, in a GBV march which was organised by the Ward 34 committee, ward councillor Mike Amod said the community is also facing issues of drug abuse and gang violence, which may also have an impact on the statistics of gender-based violence cases.

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