Provincial General Council of the Eastern Cape engaged through informative sessions at the SAPS Provincial Head Office

ZWELITSHA - A two-day long Provincial General Council of the Eastern Cape came to an end today, 25th May 2019 in what the delegates described as one of the most successful and informative sessions the parties have had in the financial year.

This ground-breaking and phenomenal General Council convened from the 24th to 25th May 2019 at the SAPS Provincial Head Office in the Eastern Cape was opened by the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga who welcomed all delegates in what was seen as a positive and progressive commitment in the history of Community Policing in the Province. Among the commitments Lieutenant General Ntshinga made was that CPFs must never despair as available resources would be shared with their leadership as co-partners in the fight against crime.

Delegates who attended the General Council were unanimous that some positive advances towards achieving the strategic objectives of the partnership are close to realization. The following resolutions were made:

Crime Overview � reflected about seven Clusters which contributed the most in the recent reporting period. These Clusters have negatively impacted the crime patterns of the province. The meeting therefore resolved and established a multi-disciplinary task team that would work and coordinate other stakeholders to operate as Ilima (Collective Effort) that will focus on the affected Clusters as a matter of urgency.

Sustainability of the Youth Programmes and to be provided with the necessary facilities to perform their functions.

Solicit funding support to improve the operations of CPF structures.

The Boards to make more meaningful public participation in public fora.

Participation of the Provincial Board in other Key platforms which include the Portfolio Committee and IGR structures.

CPF's to play a role in the revival of Community Safety Forums (CSF) at Municipal level.

The General Council is constituted by the Provincial Board Executive and all the CPF Cluster Chairpersons from the 21 clusters in the Eastern Cape and convenes on a quarterly basis.

Source: South African Police Service