The Gauteng Department of Community Safety is taking a proactive stance against social ills affecting the province.
With gender-based violence, crime, drug and substance abuse, and corruption in law enforcement as examples of some of the challenges facing the province,
the department understands that it must tackle these problems with force, while also demonstrating care for communities.
Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has promised to reduce crime in the province by 50 percent by 2019, saying that there is a collective commitment
by provincial government, the South African Police Service, law enforcement agencies and community policing forums (CPFs) to work towards this goal.
To achieve this, the department has put in place several strategies to make public and private spaces in the province safer for everyone. Improving policing
MEC Nkosi-Malobane said the department has prioritised improving the performance of police stations and enhancing police visibility in various communities.
“We have identifi ed 40 poor performing police stations around the province, which have contributed to the high crime rate in these areas,”
she said, explaining that safety kiosks will be established at these high-risk precincts to improve police visibility and community involvement in fighting crime.
In its oversight role, the department will pay regular visits to all 142 police stations in the province,
using the opportunity to evaluate each station’s monthly performance in service delivery, auditing and frontline service delivery.
In addition, quarterly review sessions will be held to analyse
the impact of the Provincial Integrated Policing Plan across all law enforcement agencies and develop
the necessary interventions to strengthen the coordination of resources in the province.
MEC Nkosi-Malobane stressed the importance of communities and the police building good relationships.
“As part of building a social movement against crime, the department intends to position
CPF structures as necessary vehicles to assist with the coordination of social crime prevention and policing oversight at a local level,” she said.
Tackling challenges The murder rate in Gauteng is one of the major concerns of the department.
“Murder cases have increased by 30 percent in three policing precincts in eastern Johannesburg.
This is an increase from 136 murders to 177 murders from April 2016 to February 2018.
The department is deeply concerned about this phenomenon and has instructed
Provincial Police Commissioner Deliwe De Lange to work around the clock to ensure that this is improved upon,” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.
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