The provincial minister of community safety, Albert Fritz, is appealing to the acting provincial commissioner, Sindile Mfazi, to immediately revoke the instruction to station commanders that community policing forum (CPF) elections should not go ahead. This follows the deputy provincial commissioner, major general Mpumelelo Manci, and the provincial electoral officer, Reverend Courtney Sampson, officially pledging their support to the directives on Thursday 5 September. The signing of the directives marked the official beginning of the CPF elections to be held at annual general meetings across the province between September and December this year. Fritz said: “As a result of the direct instruction given to all SAPS station commanders, by the acting provincial commissioner, namely that they ‘should not proceed with elective AGMs’, the department of community safety cannot continue to officiate over such AGMs until the instruction is withdrawn (Police Letter under reference 26/3/5/2 dated 29 October 2019). “The message sent to CPFs stating that the department is withdrawing its support of CPFs, is untrue and an attempt to divide the department from CPFs at the station level. The department’s decision to withdraw from AGM’s is temporary and only in response to the instruction given by the acting provincial commissioner,” says Fritz.He further says: “The department has requested, at the highest levels, that the police leadership urgently find an amicable solution. CPFs are, bylaw, required to be ‘inclusive’ of all legitimate community structures. It is unfortunate that the dysfunctionality of a few CPF structures has now impacted on all other CPFs.”Under the leadership of Fritz, the department remains committed to facilitating and overseeing successful CPF elections throughout the province.