A high level delegation led by the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga attended a meeting with PRASA management on Monday, 12 April 2021 in Cape Town to hammer out mechanisms by which the two institutions can work together to strengthen security for public assets, in particular in the rail environment.
The engagement between the two offices was a sequel to the presentation given by the Provincial Commissioner during the Minister of Transport’s visit to East London in March.
Accompanying Lieutenant General Ntshinga, were the Acting Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Policing Brigadier Majikijela, Brigadier Kinana, the Office Manager to the Provincial Commissioner, Colonel Nkhahle, and the Chairperson of the CPF Provincial Board in the Eastern Cape, Mr Velani Mbiza-Gola.
The Eastern Cape Province presented a comprehensive plan on the concept of Community in Blue and modalities on how these volunteers can be utilised in furthering the objectives of the “People’s Responsibility 2 Protect” which is the brainchild of PRASA to prevent crime within the rail environment.
Engagements also included issues pertaining to recruitment, screening, training and deployment of Community in Blue volunteers. The meeting agreed that Community Police Forums were key role players in the programme and that they should be recognised as such. It is envisaged that not very long the two institutions will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding which will enhance the roll-out of the recruitment process and collaboration between the parties.
The fundamental objective of this cooperation is principally to build and strengthen a partnership to jointly protect PRASA assets and infrastructure in the Rail Environment. Both parties believe that Community Police Forums and all other crime fighting structures can play a critical role in mobilising communities to assist PRASA to drive a campaign to eradicate lawlessness and corruption in its facilities.
The meeting was also attended by the Acting Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape, Major General Thembisile Patekile.
Source: South African Police Service