Safety Month was officially launched at Cobosi Locality, near Engcobo, where the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Ntshinga delivered a message of support.
This month reminds us that SAPS has a responsibility of fulfilling the mandate of ensuring that citizens of this Province are safe and feel safe, as stipulated in "Vision 2030"
The launch was witnessed by a number of government departments, including, Safety and Liaison, Transport, Roads and Public Works, Transport, SASSA, Health , Social Development, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and SAPS. NGO's also formed part of the initiative.
During the provincial commissioner's speech, Lieutenant General Ntshinga called for collaboration between government departments and community in effort to fight crime in our society.
She further indicated that, during the Safety Month and beyond the SAPS is ready to eradicate crime in this province.
As SAPS, we managed to protect the community against criminality during the Festive Season, so nothing will stop us from ensuring safety in this area", she explained.
The Provincial Commissioner advised unlicensed outlets/ businesses to shut down before they are forced to do so.
She assured the audience that the SAPS will work together with CPF and Safety Forums to fight criminality. Community was urged to join these forums to improve policing in the area.
"Crime fighting requires a concerted effort, hence I urge you to work with the police, so as to fight crime effectively", she appealed.
She encouraged the youth to take a stand and position against crime.
The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Ms Weziwe Tikana also urged the youth to unite and fight crime, especially against women and children.
She appealed to parents to build and maintain dignity at their homes. "Parents, remember that these criminals are your children, therefore you have a responsibility of ensuring and maintaining dignity at home, as a result we will see respect and morals in our society" she explained.
She urged the community to assist the police in the fight against crime.
The community was given an opportunity to raise their concerns.
Source: South African Police Service