To address the rising cases of gender-based violence, a massive crime awareness campaign has taken place in Komani Central Business District (CBD) under Chris Hani District.
Security Watch Africa writes that the campaign which was manned by Corporate Communication and Liaison, Visible Policing and Community Policing Forum (CPF), also condemned police killings in parts of South Africa.
Mr. Andries Schlebusch, a representative of CPF, said communities were sensitised on the role of families and communities in the fight against Gender Based Violence and Femicide.
Schlebusch said substance abuse was viewed as a contributing factor to criminality, especially gender based violence and femicide in the society.
He said, “Issue of Second-Hand Goods was explained in detail, with different categories of second-hand dealers that include general dealers, auctioneers, jewellers, motor vehicle dealers, scrap metal dealers and recyclers.
“Unending police killing was clearly condemned, and such act was characterized as a brutal attack against the state.
“We call upon the community to support and work with the police in fighting crime in their respective environments.”
He further appreciated the healthy relationship between the police and CPF in the area, and pledged to continue working tirelessly in the fight against crime.
“CPF’s relations with the South African Police Service (SAPS), is very good, and have positive results. With our approach, we can continue to maintain order in our respective environments,” he said
Schlebusch disclosed that Regulations of Disaster Management Act were monitored in the Komani CBD, with strict emphasis on social distancing, sanitizing and wearing of masks.
“Police patrols that ran concurrently with the crime awareness campaign yielded positive results, and maintained order in the entire central business district. Response by the community was astonishing, and they were impressed by the approach of the campaign, ” he said.