Public safety plan approved by council

2017-05-04 06:01

RAY Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) council resolved to adopt a public safety strategy, a plan aimed at providing a proactive, inclusive and action oriented crime combating strategy for the entire RNM community.

As custodians of the strategy, the internal Department of Public Safety has championed the process of approval as far back as October 2016, when they approached council to seek buy-in to consult various affected stakeholders and ordinary community members throughout the seven zones as identified by the department.

The strategy is in line with the national crime prevention strategy which recognises crime as a serious threat to economic and social stability. Moreover, it has the ability to undermine the government’s efforts to create economic growth through initiatives such as tourism.

In formulating the strategy, the department has galvanised support from all stakeholders including other law enforcement agencies such as SAPS and the RTI. Community Policing Forums have also played an integral part in ensuring that the strategy gains legitimacy within the different communities.

The overarching aim of the strategy is to ensure that Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, in partnership with communities, embarks on a public safety exercise that will protect both citizens and property in a coherent and mutually beneficial manner.

The strategy will focus on areas such as standardisation of planning across all local agencies, a strategic focus on areas such as crime, traffic violations, drowning in rivers and beaches, exposure to hazardous materials as well as dangerous and defective buildings.

The presentation of the strategy which will be reviewed every three years, was a culmination of a lengthy process which as a result, reflects the voices of many formations and communities across the municipality.
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