SAPS Ministerial IMBIZO
May 25, 2018
A Ministerial Imbizo was held at Blode Street, Lavender Hill on 25 May. It started at 2pm. Special thanks to W/O Tanya Lesch for arranging transportation by bus for interested persons to the Imbizo. 7 patrollers from Imizamo Yethu attended. Heather Saunders, HBNW Admin Manager, and Rod Panagos, HBNW Operations Manager, also attended.
It was a very positive day with speeches and feedback delivered by the National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole and Lieutenant General Jula. Bheki Cele was not in attendance. Communities had an opportunity to voice their concerns, especially regarding the gang related crime in the Cape Flats and the condition of SAPS stations in the Western Cape.
It was mentioned that Sitole wrote a doctorate for the UN in 2008 that has been implemented world-wide and the aim is to do the same at home in South Africa.
As a result of this interaction with IY patrollers several have now agreed to have their prints taken in an effort to work with SAPS. 9 patrollers had their prints taken on Saturday, 26 May at SAPS. Captain Lourens facilitated this. Anthony Chemaly, current CPF Chair was also in attendance.
Key points discussed at the Imbizo:
Tackle interpersonal violence
Improve safety at SAPS
Evacuate the gangs in known drug houses through the "eviction Bylaw"
Reduce Taxi violence
Report high up criminals i.e. corrupt officials
Empower station commanders / Public Service Commission
Audit police vans
Find alternatives to gangsterism i.e. arts & culture, soccer, netball, writing
Respect your CPF
Take trained police officers that are sitting at stations and put them on the street
Police to 'up their game'
Identify police officials who are in cahoots with gangs
Take corrupt police out of SAPS
Stop the flow of guns
Have anti-gangsterism programs in schools
Communities need to work with the police. i.e. build trust
Get Justice Department involved
Respect mothers who have lost their children due to crime
Look at the detective service
Demand new cluster commanders and place them permanently
MEC needs to visit SAPS stations
No fires to be burnt at street corners as this is a signal for crime
In particular reference to Hout Bay as quoted from an IY patroller to the panel:
'Police have guns in the station to protect themselves but patrollers are out risking their lives.'
'A child in Sport is a child not in Court'.
Pics and reports by Heather Saunders. HBNW admin Manager.