4 CPF positions elected

2015-11-03 06:00
The Lansdowne Community Police Forum elected a new executive on Wednesday last week. Four positions on the executive was filled at the election. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

The Lansdowne Community Police Forum elected a new executive on Wednesday last week. Four positions on the executive was filled at the election. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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New executive members were elected for the Lansdowne Community Police Forum (CPF) on Wednesday last week.

This election was the third of its kind this year in the Lansdowne policing precinct. It was necessitated by chairperson Hanif Loonat’s election as Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum cluster chairperson.

Four positions were left vacant.

Loonat told residents and organisation representatives at the election that it was “unfortunate that we are having such meetings in such a short space of time”.

“However, it is important to fulfil a standardised approach to crime and not be thrown off course by the amount of elections held. We are all here to combat crime and those who are elected should remember that they are doing this for the community and not to gain a name for themselves,” Loonat said.

At the beginning of last week only three positions were open, but a fourth vacancy arose as the project coordinator was ousted after a vote of no confidence. According to Loonat this was done as no projects had been run during the time the former project coordinator was working for the CPF.

Rafique Foflonker was elected as chairperson, Riyaahd Kearns as treasurer, Keenan Williams as spokesperson and Moosa Omar as project coordinator.

Lansdowne acting police station commander Eunice Ntubula said at the meeting she looked forward to forming a partnership with the community and the newly elected executive members.

“We are looking to a very busy period ahead as we head toward the festive season. We are expecting high volumes of crime but are preparing well for this. I look forward to working with the community and building a sound relationship so that we may combat crime together,” Ntubula said.

Foflonker thanked the members of the community for their vote of confidence in him to stand as chairperson. He vowed to do the best of his abilities to combat crime in the area alongside the police and community.

“I would also like to thank the Across Borders organisation, where a safety framework has been in operation for a long time. We will move forward with organisations such as these in our fight against crime.

“We will become successful as a grassroots movement and we must remember not to get involved with politics. This makes us lose the fight against crime and this is where the criminals creep in,” Foflonker concluded.

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