CPF dead in the water

2017-05-30 06:01
Residents called for a full re-election of the Lentegeur Community Police forum at a special general meeting held last week.PHOTO: samantha lee

Residents called for a full re-election of the Lentegeur Community Police forum at a special general meeting held last week.PHOTO: samantha lee

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The election of board members to the Lentegeur Community Policing Fo­rum (CPF) has been put on hold after residents questioned the election process.

Residents were meant to elect members in a special general meeting on Tuesday last week to fill vacant positions on the board.

But before the elective process could start during the meeting, residents raised concerns that the current body was not functional and called for it to be dissolved.

Police station commander Colonel Herman Seals explained at the meeting that he had started the process to have new members elected to complete the board after there were resignations.

Two members left

He added that he had noticed no meetings were being held.

He said he could not account for any issues that had been brought forward before he had started at the station and that it was his goal to complete the board structure.

“I personally visited the homes of all the current members and told them that we wanted to have elections. At that point we had two more resignations,” Seals said.

Seals explained that before this involvement there had been four members and not only two active members.

This meant that he did not see the need for a full election.

But residents complained that a lack of meetings and communication showed that the current board was not functioning.

Present at cluster meetingsPatrick Njozela, an official of the department of community safety, said they had measures in place to determine if a CPF was functioning.

“At every cluster meeting, the Lentegeur CPF was represented,” he said.

Residents were still not satisfied and asked that a process be started to have a full election.

Seals said there was a process to follow.

He added that he would write the necessarry letters and ask for guidance from the various stakeholder departments.

He then put forward that the meeting be rescheduled after the way forward was ­decided.

Seals will call another meeting and share the decision after Ramadaan. This will result in either a full election or the re-election of the vacant positions.

The positions of deputy chairperson, secretary, assistant secretary, project coordinator and treasurer need to be filled.

CPF elections are set to take place countrywide in 2019.

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