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                                                                                     Safety and Security

Head Office                                    Gert Sibande Region                       -
                                                                                    JANUARY - MARCH                                             VOLUME 1, ISSUE 4
Physical Address:                              Physical Address:

No. 7 Government Boulevard                     No: 1 Steenkamp Street
Building 4, 2nd Floor
Riverside Park
Telephone Number: + 27 13 766 4062
                                               Telephone Number: +27 17 624 2248
                                               Fax Number: + 27 17 624 2332
                                                                                    “They did not die in vain”
Fax Number: + 27 13 766 4615
Postal Address:
Private Bag x11269                                                                                                                                     Mpumalanga
Nelspruit                                                                                                                                              Safety and Security
1200                                                                                                                                                   MEC Siphosezwe
                                                                                                                                                       Masango in
                                                                                                                                                       January paid
                                                                                                                                                       tribute to the police
Nkangala Region                                                                                                                                        who died while on
                                               Ehlanzeni Region
Physical Address:                                                                                                                                      duty.
                                               Physical Address:
Building no: 2
                                               No: 9 Bell Street                                                                                       He said they did
KwaMhlanga Government Complex                  Nelspruit                                                                                               not die in vain, the
KwaMhlanga                                                                                                                                             people of
                                                                                                                                                       Mpumalanga and
1022                                           Telephone Number: +27 13 755 3692                                                                       South Africa
Telephone Number: +27 13 947 3049                                                                                                                      remember them.
                                               Fax Number: + 27 13 752 6159
Fax Number: + 27 13 947 3591
                                                                                                                                                       In 2008 alone, 13
                                                                                                                                                       police officers died
                                                                                                                                                       of gunshot wounds
                                                                                                         and motor vehicle

“Together let’s fight crime”                                                                                                                           May their souls rest
                                                                                                                                                       in peace!

                                                                                                                                                       Full story: Page 3.

                                                                                   Paying tribute: MEC Siphosezwe Masango

                                MPUMALANGA                                                  Ehlanzeni biggest                Men’s forum to    Stewards to assist
                                A Pioneering Spirit                                         Police Station                  change mind sets   during the 2010
                                                                                            almost complete
                                                                                                                                               World Cup
                                                                                            Pg. 5                           Pg. 12
                                                                                                                                               Pg. 13
                                                                                                                                               HLAYISEKANI NEWS                                                               JANUARY - MARCH 2009

                                           The ink barrel continues to

                                                  he business of fighting crime is never an easy
                                                  subject to deal with hence most of the
                                                  communities complain about the crime levels in
                                           the province.

                                           This is attributed to many people who are daily harassed
Chief Editor: Joseph Mabuza                by criminals, while some are killed, mugged and raped. It
                                           is known by people that if a person listen to radio or read
                                                                                                                                                                                  THE GREATEST
Editor:        Zibonele Mncwango           a newspaper, there are published stories related to crime
                                           on a daily basis.                                               Mr. Joseph Mabuza
Articles:      Moeti Mmusi                 Besides the publishing of the stories and successes                                                                                    There are tears shed unseen
                                           made by police, members of the communities still do not                                                                              Like a bleeding heart that smile
                                           feel safe because crime occur everyday. There are other people who do not report crime at
               Zandile Mandlazi            all as they believe that the crime committed to them is minor.                                                                      There are joys spoken in gestures
                                                                                                                                                                                 Like murmurings of a suckling
                                           However, there are people who are classified as lucky and can testify that although they
                                           have been indirectly affected by crime, they never experienced it directly.                                                         My loud thoughts are metaphors
                                                                                                                                                                                  Of thee honour me to write
Graphic Designers:                         This does not mean that by their nature, they are immune from crime; however, one day
                                           crime will strike.
                                                                                                                                                                                        In the quest for life
Sam Sibiti & Celiwe Mthethwa               Taking into consideration all these factors, I am convinced that there is awareness in terms
                                                                                                                                                                              A companion I found, a voice within
                                           of crime related matters among the general people, victims and perpetrators.
                                                                                                                                                                             An embodiment of omnipotent divinity
Photography: Hlayisekani Team              This means that crime, as doctors would say is a “manageable disease” if we as the people
                                           of the province remain united and committed towards a crime free Mpumalanga.                                                          Souls for life eternal, he trades
Comments:                                                                                                                                                                        The toil to be in him is endless
                                           People should shift from the saying that encourages self-centeredness among individuals.
                                           Other people would say “God for us all and everyone for himself”. This attitude is exposing                                        But in the gloom of wants and needs
Tel: (013) 766 4018                        and rendering people vulnerable to criminals who capitalises on that gap to terrorise them.                                          The self is engulfed from without
                                           It is not by coincident that the department coined a pay-off line that says “Together let's fight                                Faithlessly, we stray to the world so wild
Fax: (013) 766 4615                        crime”.

                                           This literally means that Government alone without the involvement of the communities,                                               In the rift of deceit and despair
E-mail:               business people, non-governmental organizations, faith based organizations etc. would not                                           Peace is unknown, in my anguish
                                           succeed to curb crime in the province.
                                                                                                                                                                               I learn the rift, so wide and deep
Physical Address:                          To be precise, all the above mentioned stakeholders form a circle, and if one link is missing,                                     After the storms, in the nick of time
                                           the circle would not be complete and that would be the space used by criminals to haunt
                                                                                                                                                                             He utters stepping stones of the word
Building 4, 2nd Floor                                                                                                                                                         Out of the whirlwind unto his peace
                                           I am sure it has been proven that most of the devices invented by man have some
Riverside Park.                            deficiencies. Actually, most of them can scare criminals away while some assist in delaying
                                           criminals whenever committing crime, however, the best solution is for the people to come                                              Here is a measure of his love
                                           together, help the police to fight crime.
                                                                                                                                                                               Like an egg that selflessly hatches
                                           Fighting crime can be done through, among others, giving law enforcement agencies                                                       Its fragments die in the soil
  Hlayisekani News is a quarterly          information about illegal and unauthorized activities, become police reservists, volunteers in                                            For a new life to emerge
  newsletter of Mpumalanga                 fighting crime, joining community policing forums, and serving as police informers.
  Department of Safety and Security. It                                                                                                                                           Be it, for the beauty of a bird
                                           These interventions can assist government to detect crime at its generation and planning                                          Or for the cunning cruelty of a serpent
  is compiled by the Directorate:          stage so that it could be prevented from happening. Crime that would be committed before it
  Communications. The views                is detected could be easily dealt with by police as information would be readily available from
  expressed in the publication are         community members, and police would be able to secure a conviction based on the
  neither of the directorate nor the       information provided by witnesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                        By: Royal A. Mogane
  Department of Safety and Security.       In short, people need government to ensure that the streets, residential areas and business
  The directorate will however always      zones are free from crime, while government needs people to provide information about
                                           criminal activities in order to successfully prosecute wrongdoers.                                                     Mr Mogane is Assistant Director: Planning and Programme
  strive to report news that is factual,
  fair and accurate. Although the
                                                                                                                                                                  Management - Mpumalanga Department of Safety and Security
                                           As a department, the financial year has just closed; however, we are not closing any of our
  newsletter is a government corporate     campaigns to keep communities informed and to bring them on board in the struggle to fight
  publication, the use of any informa-     crime.
  tion should be credited to Hlayisekani
                                           Campaigns related to school safety, tourism safety, illegal mining, 2010 safety, effective
  News or Mpumalanga Department of         borderline policing, community policing and others are intensified in the new financial year.
  Safety and Security.                     This would assist the department to ensure a safe Mpumalanga Province.

                                           “Together, let's fight crime.”

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 HLAYISEKANI NEWS                                                               JANUARY - MARCH 20089            HLAYISEKANI NEWS                                                         JANUARY - MARCH 2009

Our guest columnist, Legal Services Director Ms. Lindeni Nkosi talks about
legislative developments in the second hand goods trade.                                                       “Siyabakhumbula”
B                                                                                                              M
       usiness in second-hand goods is                                                                                  pumalanga
      increasing, and a worrying factor is that this                                                                    Safety and
      kind of business may be associated with                                                                           Security MEC
some criminal elements, like the selling of stolen                                                             Siphosezwe Masango
goods.                                                                                                         in January paid tribute
This also puts a strain on the members of the police
                                                                                                               to police officers who
in policing this kind of activities. The Second Hand                                                           died while on duty.
Goods Act was passed in 1955 to regulate the
second-hand industry.                                                                                          At least 13 police
                                                                                                               officials died last year
Due to technological developments, industry                                                                    of gunshot wounds
concerns and policing considerations and                                                                       and motor vehicle
government's commitment to the fight against                                                                   accidents while
crime, the 1955 Act had to be amended.                                                                         performing their
The Second-Hand Goods Amendment Bill seeks to
regulate the business of pawnbrokers and dealers
in second-hand goods by limiting the trade in stolen
                                                                                                               Their death was
goods and to promote ethical standards in the                                                                  commemorated at a
second-hand goods trade.                                                                                       provincial event
                                                                                                               known as the Police
                                                        Legal Services Director: Ms. Lindeni Nkosi
The Bill requires all dealers of second-hand goods                                                             Day at Mhluzi Stadium
and pawnbrokers to register as dealers and to keep                                                             outside Middleburg.
registers for up to five (5) years of everything they
buy or sell, as well as records of whom they bought                                                            Speaking at the event
the goods from.                                                                                                MEC Masango said,
                                                                                                               the late police officers
By registering, a dealer becomes authorized to                                                                 were patriotic and           Mpumalanga Deputy Provincial Commissioner Phumza
trade in specified goods and at specified premises.                                                                                         Makhanya - Ojowuro comforting the relatives.
Bottles and can collectors do not have to register.
                                                                                                               brave freedom
                                                                                                               fighter swho worked for the safety of        More reservists were needed in Mpumalanga to
The Bill further requires all individuals selling                                                              communities.                                 compliment the work of the police.
goods to a second-hand goods dealer to provide                                                                 Masango said the officers were
their identity number and contact details. An age                                                              conscious of defending the citizens at the  He said people could assist the police through
limit of 18 years applies to the seller of goods to a                                                          expense of their lives as they died while   participating in programmes such as Adopt a
dealer.                                                                                                                                                    Cop, Junior Police and through Community
                                                                                                               on duty.
The Bill will go a long way in assisting the police in Stolen goods are not to be sold as displayed
                                                                                                                                                           Policing Forums (CPFs) which are being
cracking down on the sale of stolen goods in that it by the police                                             “Thank you very much for your               transformed into Community Safety Forums
places a duty on the dealer to immediately report                                                              contribution. You did not die in vain. Your (CSFs).
stolen goods to the nearest police station.                                                                    colleagues will continue where you left,”
                                                                                                               said MEC Masango.                           “There are many criminals known by us as
A dealer did not need proof in order to report a case                                                                                                      communities.
to the police; this could be reported on the basis of                                                          He added that in expressing the
reasonable suspicion. Failure to report will be                                                                country's gratitude, communities should “By reporting them to the police, we will reduce
regarded as a criminal conduct.                                                                                also sacrifice their lives by joining the   crime as we target to reduce contact crime by 7
                                                                                                               police service and become reservists.       to 10 percent, ” said Masango.
In order to reduce the items that had to be
registered, the Bill excludes registration of second-
hand goods valued below R100.                         The Bill provides for heavy fines or jail sentences of
                                                      up to ten (10) years for non-compliance.

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                                                                                                                MASANGO WARNS NEW OFFICERS AGAINST CORRUPTION
                                                                                                           Mpumalanga Safety and Security MEC Siphosezwe               on duty and have positive attitude towards the
                                                                                                           Masango warned new police officers against                 communities they serve.
             Stay away from drugs and alcohol                                                              MEC Masango was speaking at a graduation
                                                                                                                                                                        He added that discipline should begin with them as they
                                                                                                                                                                        showed act of heroism, courage and self-sacrifice for
                                                                                                           ceremony of over 600 police officers held in Witbank in serving others by joining the police service. He explained
                                                                                                           March.                                                       that their conduct and attitude should reflect selflessness
                                                                                                                                                                        and love for people of South Africa.
    Social Crime Prevention Manager at Ehlanzeni        A significant number of rape cases reported at     The MEC was quick to point out that corrupt officers
    Mr. Agrippa Mabuza encouraged the learners                                                             were not wanted in the service because they were             “You should be patriotic about South Africa and its
                                                        Ka-nyamazane Police Station has Safety and
                                                                                                           tarnishing the good image and integrity of the police.       people. All citizens, black, white, Coloureds, Indians and
    to pursue positive lifestyle and prioritise their   Security Ehlanzeni Regional Office to embark                                                                    foreigners depend on your service for their safety and
    education.                                          on a campaign to teach learners about dangers      “Policing is an essential service with very little financial security. Respect your colleagues and your job.
                                                        of drug and alcohol abuse.                         rewards. Those who want to become rich should resign
    Mabuza said the youth should stay away                                                                 and pursue business because they will be tempted to          “Whether you have financial and other personal
    from drugs and alcohol, but should cherish          Ka-nyamazane Police Station communication          fall for corruption.                                         problems, walk with pride and instill a sense of fear to
    being young and should do what young                officer Inspector Phillip Fakude says there are                                                                 criminals while at the same time you render a friendly
                                                        many rape cases reported by young people at        “Policing is among the critical professions in South         service,” he said.
    people are doing.
                                                        the station, and something needs to be done        Africa which provides a service and at the same time
                                                        urgently.                                          use force when necessary to ensure safety and                Emalahleni Executive Mayor Clr.Linah Malatji said
    “Stop going to the shebeens and taverns.                                                               security of citizens,” said Masango.                         education was vital for police in ensuring among other
    All bad things happen there. We want you             In most cases, young people who are raped
                                                                                                                                                                        things proper writing of statements.
    to enjoy being young, you should have                                                                  He urged the new recruits to behave in a manner
                                                        are usually under the influence of drugs and       consistent with the values of the police service.            She said that it (education) would also ensure high
    dreams and work hard in achieving them.             alcohol.                                                                                                        conviction rate at the courts, which would send a strong
    Do not waste your precious bodies with                                                                 “As you join the police service, know that not               message to would-be criminals that crime does not pay.
    drugs and alcohol,” said Mabuza.                    Fakude says learners should be encouraged to       everything will be easy. You will need to work for your
                                                        walk in groups on their way home from school.      people with respect and integrity. Financial rewards will Meanwhile, the Mpumalanga SAPS Acting Provincial
    He said there were schools where the                By doing this they will be able to scare the       sometimes not be sufficient and people will try to bribe Commissioner, Rex Machabi said while he welcomed the
                                                        would-be rapists or be able to defend each         you in order to perform illegal activities,” he said.        new recruits, it pained him that SAPS lost many young
    abuse of drugs and alcohol was rife
                                                        other.                                                                                                          officers due to dismissals from ill-discipline.
    throughout the district municipality. All the                                                          In enhancing the dignity of the police service, Masango
    schools would be visited to mobilise                                                                   said the officers should be disciplined and not drink
                                                        “Parents should take full responsibility for the
    learners to stay away and report drug
                                                        well-being of their children as some learners
    abuse related problems to the police.               have to walk through the bushy short-cuts to
    Speaking during the same campaign,
                                                        and from school.                                           STEWARDS TO ASSIST DURING 2010 WORLD CUP
    Ehlanzeni District Municipality public

                                                        “It is in these bushes where they get attacked            ommunities are encouraged to be on                 They will assist with showing fans where they are
    participation officer Mr. David Ndlovu urged        and raped. If possible, parents should try to             the look-out for the rare opportunities            supposed to sit, direct the VIP's to suites, show
    the learners to show respect to their               provide transport for their children,” says               of becoming stewards during the 2010               fans parking, and where they could get transport,
    parents and to their educators.                     Fakude.                                            Fifa Soccer World Cup.                                    food, toilets and other essentials at the stadium.

    “Morals will help you to prosper in your            Subsequently, Safety and Security Ehlanzeni        Safety and Security Manager at Mbombela                   Some of the stewards will be deployed at the
    lives. You should be at school at all times.        Regional Office visited Ka-Nyamazane               2010 Office Mr. Welcome Nkuna announced                   public viewing sites to do the same.
                                                        Township schools to educate learners on how to     that communities should be ready to
    You should always come early and leave
                                                        stay safe and prevent any potential rape.          participate as stewards for the 2010 Fifa                 “The recruitment of the stewards forms part of the
    school at knock off time; Ndlovu told the
                                                                                                           World Cup.                                                overall integrated Safety and Security Sector
    learners.                                           The campaign is supported by the South African                                                               plan,” said Nkuna.
                                                        Police Service, volunteers, Community Policing     This will be done through advertisements to
    The visit to the schools is part of the             Forum and the Ehlanzeni District Municipality.     be placed on both radio and newspapers.                   He explained that stewards would receive FIFA
    broader School Safety initiative of the                                                                                                                          accredited training. According to Nkuna, the sector
    Department of Safety and Security. It is                                                               The stewards will be recruited by the                     meets monthly to monitor the implementation of
    intended to reduce crime at schools and                                                                department of Safety and Security, however                the plan for the 2010 World Cup.
    helping learners concentrate on their                                                                  they will be trained by Fifa on how to assist
    education.                                                                                             during the World Cup in terms of ensuring                 Nkuna added that there was a continuous
                                                                                                           safety and security among soccer fanatics.                engagement with the Local Organising Committee
                                       .                                                                                                                             on safety and security matters relating to the

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          Men's forum advocates for change                                                                  Ehlanzeni biggest Police Station well on track

         tress and
  have led to men
  committing suicide,
  becoming alcoholics
  and some failing to be
  responsible for their

  The notion that men
  do not cry no matter
  how much pain they
  are going through, will
  soon be the thing of
  the past.

  It is in this regard that
  men have vowed to
  speak out and get
  assistance from their                                                                                    Site visit: MEC Masango and Acting Provincial Commissioner Rex Machabi touring Daantjie
  fellow counterparts.                                                                                                 Police Station
  Thanks to the Men's       The forum members are proudly displaying their eagerness to deal with
                                                                                                                                                                  MEC Masango said he was excited with the

  Forum launched by         men issues                                                                          he unique features of the Police Station
  the Department of                                                                                             which is currently under construction            identification room that was built in a manner that
  Safety and Security in                                                                                                                                         perpetrators would never see the victims but the
                                                                                                                attracted the attention of MEC Siphosezwe
  Mpumalanga in                                                                                                                                                  victims can clearly identify the perpetrators.
                                                                                                         Masango and some members of the national
  conjunction with Thembisile and Dr JS Moroka        “This forum will merely facilitate solutions to    parliamentary committee on safety and security.
  municipalities in the Nkangala region.                                                                                                                         The victims would never be intimidated whenever
                                                      their challenges from time to time. We
                                                                                                                                                                 they identify the perpetrators because the state of
                                                      encourage men to come forth and utilise the        This beccame evident recently when MEC
  The Manager for Community Policing in the                                                                                                                      the art identification room is mirror-glass sealed with
                                                      opportunity. They will be better husbands,         Masango and two members of parliament took a
  Nkangala Region, Mr. Vuyisile Sibanyoni says                                                                                                                   no sound coming out which could give ideas to the
                                                      brothers, uncles and be respected in the           visit to Daantjie Police Station which is situated in
  that the forum will ensure that men come                                                                                                                       perpetrators of who identified them.
                                                      society,” he said.                                 the Ka Nyamazane policing precinct.
  together to discuss problems they encounter.
                                                                                                                                                                 After the visit, MEC Masango encouraged the South
                                                      He explained that experience had shown that        They were satisfied with the progress of
  “This will be a support group for men who might                                                                                                                African Police Service (SAPS) management to make
                                                      men who bottled issues, ended up killing their     construction and also impressed that the station
  be in distress and who need to speak out. The                                                                                                                  arrangement regarding the resources of the new
                                                      family members before committing suicide.          was built within the community highly affected by
  programme is expected to enlist services of                                                                                                                    police station.
  experts in various areas to assist men in difficult The forum also aims to mobilise men to assist in
  times,” says Sibanyoni.                                                                                                                                     He was refering to resources such as personnel,
                                                      eradicating crime against women and children.      It is said most criminals commit crime and venture police vehicles and office equipment to be readily
                                                      It is expected to work with various stakeholders   within Pienaar because the police could not drive available for the station to operate effectively when
  He adds that the forum will act as a welfare        to enhance awareness on domestic violence.         and arrest them in that area which is congested
  organization for men.                                                                                                                                       completed.
                                                                                                         and has no roads.
                                                      The forum will also assist in addressing root
  Men are human just like women, they feel the                                                                                                                Members of parliament were pleased that the
                                                      causes of violence against women and children.     With the police station being built in the middle of construction of the station provided jobs and skills to
  pain and go through all sorts of trouble just like  It is expected that contact crime might decrease   the area, it will make it easy for the police to
  women.                                                                                                                                                      local people.
                                                      if more men participate in this forum.             familiarise themselves with the area by foot         The station is expected to be completed in the first
                                                                                                         patrolling especially hidden corners that are        quarter of the coming financial year.
                                                                                                         impossible to reach by vehicles.

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Tourists’ safety prioritised during Easter holidays                                                                   Unwanted firearms destroyed

                                                    M                                                        T
                                                                                                                                                               Masango thanked community members who
                                                           pumalanga Safety and Security department                he Mpumalanga Department of Safety
                                                           deployed more Tourist Safety Monitors                   and Security welcomed the destruction       participated in the fire-arm amnesty process
                                                           (TSMs) to ensure that tourist safety was                of unwanted and illegal fire-arms and       that saw many weapons handed over to SAPS.
                                                    enhanced during Easter holidays.                         ammunition by the Mpumalanga South African
                                                                                                             Police Service (SAPS) recently in Benoni.
                                                    At least 110 (TSMs) were deployed around Ehlanzeni
                                                    region. Others had already been operating at the
                                                    tourist destinations which had become crime hot spots    MEC Siphosezwe Masango commended the
                                                    in areas such as Pilgrims Rest, Komatipoort and          Acting Provincial Commissioner, Rex Machabi
                                                    Waterval Boven.                                          who led the process of the destruction of these
                                                    Safety and Security Community Policing head Mr.
                                                    Moeketsi Sempe, said Tourism Safety Monitors were        “We are happy that redundant and illegal arms
                                                    deployed to ensure that tourists in Mpumalanga are       have been destroyed which would minimize
                                                    always safe.                                             the circulation of unwanted weapons in our
                                                                                                             province,” said Masango.
                                                    He said tourism contributed significantly to the
                                                    province's economic growth.
                                                                                                             The process saw the destruction of 2456 fire-
                                                    Monitors were deployed to assist police reservist with   arms and 1136 fire-arms parts and large
                                                    crowd control and conducting routine security checks     quantity of different caliber of ammunition
                                                    at the Lebombo and Matsamo border posts as many          collected from different police stations
  Tourism Safety Monitors ensuring tourists’        people were expected to cross the posts.                 throughout the province.
  safety at the Waterval Boven water fall.
                                                    It was reported that during the festive season a total   Some of these fire-arms were continuously
                                                    number of 3 358 illegal immigrants were arrested         surrendered by lawful owners voluntary to the
                                                    within two weeks and dagga with a street value of        state for destruction; others were surrendered
                                                    R350 000 confiscated with the help of the TSMs.          by people during the fire-arm amnesty period.
                                                                                                             Among others, home-made fire-arms, AK 47s
                                                    The Department is also planning to increase the
                                                    number of Tourism Safety Monitors in the
                                                                                                             and shotguns confiscated during various
                                                    Mpumalanga region to 550. This will create job           operations were also destroyed.
                                                    opportunities to unemployed youth while it
                                                    continuously increases safety towards tourists.          There are also fire-arms and ammunition
                                                                                                             which were forfeited to the state after
                                                    The deployment of monitors have assisted in reducing     finalization of case dockets by courts which
                                                    crimes such as theft of motor vehicles and common        also formed part of the destroyed
                                                    robbery during the festive season.                       consignment.
                                                    Since its inception in September 2008, the TSM           Masango commended SAPS for having
                                                    project has the following successes;                     recorded such a number of successes under
                                                        ? The level of attacks aimed at tourists where       difficult circumstances saying that there is a
                                                            they are deployed has declined.                  need to continue working with the other
                                                        ? The police station personnel interviewed are       stakeholders in order to fight crime in the
                                                            happy about the role of TSM and feel that it     province and confiscate other hidden arms
                                                            should continue.                                 before they could be used to harm people.
                                                    Tourists are also happy about this government
                                                    intervention.                                            The police have also earmarked more than
Tourists enjoying themselves at the Nzasm old
tunnel while Tourism Safety Monitors ensure their                                                            1600 ammunition which is still in different
                                                                                                                                                                Illegal firearms destroyed in full view of police
safety.                                                                                                      safes at different police stations for
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   More resources for CPF members                                                                                             Year-end festival teaches morals
      his year, the work of the Community Policing
      Forum (CPF) will be made easy and effective.
      This follows an announcement that CPF                    Mphuti added that an NCPCF constitution would
members will receive more resources to assist them             serve as a guide for all NCPCF members.
do their job effectively and efficiently.
                                                               He also announced that the meeting adopted a CPF
The good news is that members will now receive                 logo which is currently in the process of being
stipends, cellular phones and reflector jackets to             registered.
improve their work.
                                                               The NCPCF consists of provincial board
Mpumalanga CPF Board Chairperson Mr. Mandla                    chairpersons, representatives from the National
Mphuti made the announcement after a quarterly                 Department of Safety and Security civilian
National Community Police Consultative Forum                   secretariat and SAPS Visible Policing component. It
(NCPCF) meeting held in Bloemfontein recently.                 meets quarterly in various provinces.

“We hope this will add value in their work as they will        The forum strengthens and maintains a sound
effectively assist the police in the fight against crime. We   partnership between the community and the police.
trust that the cellular phones will make it easy to            It also promotes co-operation between SAPS and
communicate with the police,” said Mphuthi.                    the community with the view of fulfilling the needs of
                                                               the community regarding policing matters.
Mphuthi would not dwell on how much the stipend would
be, he however explained that it would bring bread on          Mphuti indicated that this year the forum would
the table. Accordin to Mphuthi, the meeting in                 strengthen community mobilization and
Bloemfontein also adopted a communication and                  partnerships with all stakeholders in the fight against
marketing strategy to be used by all community policing        crime.
forums in Mpumalanga.
                                                                                                                          Filled to capacity: Thousands from Mpumalanga, Swaziland and Mozambique celebrated
                                                                                                                           New Year’s Eve at Nelspruit Rugby Stadium

                                                                                                                           n order for citizens of Mpumalanga to leave          How is government going to help us? We must expose
                                                                                                                           happily and without crime, morals are essential     those criminals even if they are our children, husbands,
                                                                                                                           in crime reduction, says Mpumalanga Safety          boyfriends or uncles,” said Khoza to the delight of the
                                                                                                                         and Security Head of Department, Mr. Isaiah           people.
                                                                                                                                                                               He urged communities to participate in various crime
                                                                                                                         HOD Khoza was speaking to thousands of                prevention initiatives to be undertaken by the
                                                                                                                         worshipers during the Moral Regeneration Cross        department in 2009 and beyond.
                                                                                                                         Over night event held at Nelspruit Rugby Stadium
                                                                                                                         on 31 December 2008 celebrating 2009.                 He added that they should partner with the police in the
                                                                                                                                                                               fight against crime.
                                                                                                                         He said the good upbringing of children,
                                                                                                                         responsible families and humane society would         He explained that parents needed to go back to their
                                                                                                                         contribute towards lessening crime.                   morals and become responsible for the proper
                                                                                                                                                                               upbringing of their children.
                                                                                                                         People came out in numbers to support the
                                                                                                                         initiative of government to mobilise communities to   “As parents we should not allow our children to abuse
                                                                                                                         behave morally and stay out of trouble. There         alcohol and engage in risky sexual activities.
                                                                                                                         were many gospel artists that entertained them
                                                                                                                         until dawn on the first day of 2009.                  “Government will always be on your side, however
                                                                                                                                                                               people need to meet the state half-way,” he said.
                                                                                                                         Morals begin at our homes; we cannot only expect
                                                                                                                         government to provide solutions for the ills of our   He wished the worshipers a fruitful 2009 and urged
                                                                                                                         society when we do nothing about it. It is morally    them to stay away from trouble because the law would
                                                                                                                         incorrect for us as a society to keep quite when      always take its course.
                                                                                                                         we know who the criminals are.
 CPF members will have more resources to effectively fight crime.

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      IN PICTURES...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Some of the
                                       Wearing school uniform                                                           Junior Police                                                                                                    pose for a
                                       and teaching the                                                                 Commission                                                                                                       picture after
                                       learners about the                                                                                                            Chomee
                                                                                                                        er received a                                entertained the                                                     the meeting
                                       dangers of alcohol and                                                           R5000                                                                                                            at
                                       substance abuse are                                                                                                           crowd during
                                                                                                                        cheque from                                  the Police Day                                                      Komatipoort
                                       officials from Ehlanzeni                                                         SAPS for her                                                                                                     Border Post
                                       regional office and                                                                                                           Celebration at
                                                                                                                        good matric                                  Mhluzi stadium.
                                       members of CPF.                                                                  results.

                                                                  “Together let’s fight crime”

                                                              MEC Masango honoured with medals
                                                              police officials who have served 20 and 30
                                                              years respectively during the Police Day
                                                              Commemoration at Mhluzi Stadium..
                                                                                                                                                                               Police officials ensuring that illegal firearms are totally
                                                                                                                    MEC Masango inside one of the holding cells at a newly     destroyed at Benoni metal factory.
                                                                                                                    built Daantjie Police Station.

                                                                                                                                                                             suprised at
                                                                                                                                                                             the stolen
                                                                                                                                                                             found by    HOD Khoza (second from left) graced the New
                                                                  Learners listening attentively to the officials                                                            police at   Year’s-Eve Festival with other VIPs.
                                                                  teaching them about dangers of alcohol and                                                                 Komatipoort
Unreported stolen vehicle crushed in full view of the JCPS        substance abuse.
Cluster members.                                                                                                                                                             Border post

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