Premier talks safety

2020-02-11 06:02
The panel at the meeting consisted of provincial social development minister Sharna Fernandez, premier Alan Winde, community safety minister Albert Fritz, member of provincial parliament Ricardo Mackenzie, ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman and subcouncil 23 chair Elton Jansen.PHOTO: samantha Lee-Jacobs

The panel at the meeting consisted of provincial social development minister Sharna Fernandez, premier Alan Winde, community safety minister Albert Fritz, member of provincial parliament Ricardo Mackenzie, ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman and subcouncil 23 chair Elton Jansen.PHOTO: samantha Lee-Jacobs

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In keeping to his campaign promise to address communities and safety in the province, premier Alan Winde hosted a meeting at the Northwood Hall on Monday 3 February to share insights on the Western Cape Safety Plan.

He was accompanied by provincial ministers for community safety, Albert Fritz; social development, Sharna Fernandez; subcouncil 23 chair Elton Jansen and ward councillors from the greater Mitchell’s Plain area.

Winde hosted a similar meeting in Tafelsig in September and decided to host a second meeting in New Woodlands on request from residents.

Residents from areas all over Mitchell’s Plain attended the event to hear more about the plan and raise their concerns.

Winde says safety was and is a core issue for his office.

“One of the main aims was to create jobs and I am extremely proud that the province makes up 14% of the country’s economy and we created more jobs than any other province,” says Winde.

This was up to 75% of all jobs created in South Africa, which was created in the Western Cape.

Winde says when he became the premier candidate, he saw it as a major opportunity and thought about what he would need to do if he was elected.

“The most important thing for me was creating more jobs and how I could create more jobs in our society,” says Winde.

“Then I started thinking about the barriers and I had no doubt the biggest barrier to the whole of our society in the province and in the country, is crime.”

Winde continues: “It does not matter where you are, you can be the richest or poorest, it doesn’t see any difference, it affects us all. Of course, crime affects people in different geographic areas more than people in other geographical areas.”

Since his election, Winde has worked in collaboration with ministers in his cabinet to develop the plan.

“Every minister has a component of safety in their mandate,” he says.

While the plan has been officially released, it is still a working document.

“This will remain a working document forever because what works in one area may not work in another and it is through community engagement that we can find these solutions,” says Winde.

Core to the plan is the deployment of additional law enforcement officers to assist the police and community engagements to determine the most suitable approaches to fighting crime and other challenges.

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