27 August 2015
The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster ministers and deputy ministers committed to revisit Nyanga community following a successful Imbizo dialogue session held today at Zolani Centre in Nyanga, Western Cape Province.
In attendance were Ministers of Police Nathi Nhleko, State Security David Mahlobo, International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Deputy Ministers of Police Maggie Sotyu and Home Affairs Fatima Chohan. They were joined by senior government officials such as secretary of Defence, Provincial Corrections and Police Commissioners, Members of Parliament and Councillors.
During the dialogue session, community members were urged to join hands with government to fight against crime and corruption, abuse of women and children, police killings, drugs and alcohol abuse in the country.
“Government alone cannot defeat the crime battle, we therefore call on all citizens to take a stand against all forms of criminal activities happening in their communities. Even with police killings, someone out there in communities knows who the perpetrators are and they must report them without delay” said Minister Nhleko.
Minister Mahlobo reinforced this call and indicated that Operation Fiela will be intensified to eradicate any form of criminality.
“We are a listening government. When our people cried out for help, President Zuma instructed us as Security Cluster ministers to respond appropriately to ensure that all citizens are and feel safe”.
During the JCPS Cluster visit to Nyanga, community members who had come out in great numbers to attend the dialogue session used the opportunity to inform ministers about the daily struggles they are faced with and raised concerns with regard to the scourge of drugs which have turned children against their parents.
Residents of Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Manenburg and other surrounding areas told ministers that their communities are being destroyed by criminals. Members of communities also bemoaned the fact that when criminals are arrested they still come back a day or two later to harass, rob and generally make their lives a living hell.
Deputy Minister Sotyu also urged parents to play an active role in the lives of their children and ensure that they are not involved in criminal activities.
This Imbizo was one in a series of outreach programmes that the cluster will be conducting to engage directly with communities throughout the country.
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