New CPF chair has big plans

2015-10-06 06:00
Youssef Kanouni is the new chairperson of the Community Police Forum. 


Youssef Kanouni is the new chairperson of the Community Police Forum. PHOTO: TIYESE jeranji

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The new Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson for sector four in Woodstock says at the top of his priority list is to set up a neighbourhood watch and focus on youth programmes to keep youngsters off the street.

Youssef Kanouni, who has been the chairperson for a couple of months, says he wants to improve the area and is determined to fight crime. That’s why he took up his new role.

Originally from Morocco he has been in South Africa for over two decades.

He has always had a passion for fighting crime and he has worked as a police reser­vist for at least three years.

Kanouni says taking up the new position was an easy decision for him as he has always been involved with and up to date on what’s happening in his community. Above all he wants to help in fighting crime in his area.

His wish is to form a neighbourhood watch and at the moment he is liaising with roleplayers to make sure that happens.

Kanouni says he believes his area is improving and there is a lot more that can be done if people work together.

“Life here is changing, it has been worse before but we are heading in the right direction. I want Woodstock to be a better and safer place for everyone and for all to enjoy a better life.

“To see more change people must come together and fight crime, communities need to be involved because this is not a one-man job and it won’t be done overnight. It will take time, but with the right mind and attitude nothing is impossible. People also need to work hand in hand with the police and this will make life much easier in fighting crime,” he says.

One part of Kanouni’s plans is to have youth programmes that will keep youngsters busy and occupy their time. Now and again they play in the hall, but he wants to have permanent spaces for young people to use. “This will stop youngsters from becoming addicts. We have to create more fun spaces for them, have parks and play areas to nurture their talents. There is so much talent in this area and we don’t want that to go to waste because youngsters are engaging in substance abuse,” he says.

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