Safety is everyone’s business!
The Cape Winelands District Municipality’s (CWDM’s) Disaster Management unit hosted the introduction of the multisectoral District Community Safety Forum in Paarl on 28 November 2022. The forum aims to bring together resources to create a safer environment for the citizens of the Cape Winelands.
During her opening address, the Executive Mayor, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht, stated, “Safety is everyone’s business! It is a pleasure for me to see the CWDM’s District Safety Plan in action and that it has come alive rather than remain a paper exercise. I am proud to announce the establishment of the District Community Safety Forum today. Through this forum we will scrutinise the impact of activities aimed at decreasing crime.”
In attendance was Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety, Reagen Allen, who shared recent crime statistics as well as areas where there has been a reduction in crime due to interventions such as a safety forum.
“If we are to be effective in our fight against crime, we require a united force working together with a spirit of cooperation. Every sphere of government, along with civil society, have a critical role to play in overcoming crime,” stated the minister. “Criminals have adopted the cooperative spirit in which the Constitution was written, and they are working together to achieve their destructive outcomes. This cannot be the norm and I reject it. All of us who are serious about combatting crime have an opportunity to adopt the cooperative nature of our Constitution and work against those with criminal intent. We need to be strategic and deliberate in how we implement programmes and interventions to combat crime. Let’s not miss this opportunity.”
The Community Safety Forum launch was attended by a large group of representatives across all sectors, business, neighbourhood and farm watch organisations, SAPS, local municipalities and Western Cape Government officials. Pictured are some of the representatives and guests with Minister Reagan and Mayor Von Schlicht.
Veiligheid is almal se besigheid!
Die KWDM se eenheid vir Rampbestuur het op 28 November 2022 die bekendstelling van die multisektorale Distrik Gemeenskapsveiligheidsforum in die Paarl aangebied. Die forum het ten doel om hulpbronne saam aan te wend om ’n veiliger omgewing vir die inwoners van die Kaapse Wynland te skep. Wes-Kaapse Minister van Polisie-oorsig en Gemeenskapsveiligheid, Reagen Allen, het onlangse misdaadstatistieke gedeel asook gebiede waar daar as gevolg van ingrypings soos ’n veiligheidsforum ’n afname in misdaad was. Hy het klem gelê op die noodsaaklikheid om strategies en doelbewus te wees met die implementering van programme en intervensies om misdaad te bekamp.