Forum to help police

2015-12-08 06:00
The Jopco forum was initially established in June this year and have already held several meetings. This is the second attempt at initiating this forum. Pictured are from left Councillor Sheval Arendse, Detective head Colonel Neville Jonas, Acmat Sam

The Jopco forum was initially established in June this year and have already held several meetings. This is the second attempt at initiating this forum. Pictured are from left Councillor Sheval Arendse, Detective head Colonel Neville Jonas, Acmat Sam

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mitchell’s Plain saw the official beginning of a new forum that will aid police in service delivery on Friday last week.

The Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of Oaths (Jopco) forum held its launch in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism campaign, which runs until Thursday.

The members of the forum have already elected their executive committee.

The event was also supported by local court officials, the department of justice, ward councillor Sheval Arendse, who also serves on the forum, police and community members.

Jasmine Harris, chairperson of the forum, explains that the members have an important role to play. “We provide essential services to the community and bring them closer to the residents. I hope that the forum grows from strength to strength and that we strive to provide a service the community deserves,” she says.

Harris says the partnerships the forum members are creating are of utmost importance. “Together we can make our community a safer place,” she says.

“We must bring peace and look at how we can solve matters in a good manner.”

This is the second attempt at initiating this forum.

Harris acknowledged Ivan Remedies, the original initiator of the forum twenty years ago.

According to the department of justice, a justice of the peace possesses all the powers of a magistrate, except for the power of sentencing.

Any commissioner of oaths may, within the area which he serves, administer an oath or affirmation or take a solemn or attested declaration from any person.

He may not administer an oath or affirmation or take a solemn or attested declaration if he is prohibited to do it in a specific matter in terms of some regulation.

Another exception is when he has reason to believe that the person in question is unwilling to make an oath or affirmation or such a declaration.

Brigadier Cass Goolam, commander of Mitchell’s Plain police station, says the forum will play an important role in alleviating pressure at the station.

“Most of the complaints we get at the customer service centre is for certifications. We have a limited number of resources at the station and most of them are being used for certifications,” he says.

There are about 50 members in Mitchell’s Plain who qualify as part of the forum.

Goolam says since the initiative was started in June, there have been reduced queues and fewer complaints. The other reason the forum is important is that the members can take their services directly to the community, he says.

Harris has thanked Goolam for his support.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.