Joint meeting to fight crime


Mporwane residents gathered in their numbers to address their concerning issues which affects them daily. Community meeting was held on Monday at Mporwane community hall and various issues were addressed including crime and drugs

A victim of the recent burglary, Mpho Matlaba who lost plasma Television (TV) in his house said unemployment forces youth to join gangsters to loot to the community.

“High Unemployment rate particularly among the young is very bad. This forces most young people to be involved in crime activities and substance abuse. I believe our government had failed to create jobs for them,” said Mpho.

Mpho said when he woke up during the burglary, the criminals ran away with his TV in hands.

He said he did not open a case with the police as he did not recognise criminal faces.

Residents suggested that community members should volunteer to become a part of the Community Police Forum (CPF).

“Having CPF officers would help to eradicate the crime in the community and as a leader I am aware of the crimes that are taking place.  I can assure the community that if we can work together such issues can be tackled,” said community leader, Rethabile Makgwale

Rethabile promised to work with the upcoming CPF to target spots that had become hiding spots for criminals.

“The main issue in this area is crime and service delivery. Next week we will send a petition out to the municipality,”

Other residents complained about members of South African Police Services (SAPS) of not being available during crime scene.

 A concerned resident Joy Phasha said SAPS must do their work and patrol around communities.

“Patrolling around the community members would be better than nothing, now we are becoming victims of our furniture’s,” said Joy.

Rethabile concluded by urging community members to report all criminal activities to the police.

Thapelo Motseo

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