Municipality, communities to engage on crime

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pretoria - The eThekwini Municipality is to engage with communities on how better to deal with the fight against crime during the National Consultative Conference on Community Safety on Wednesday.

The eThekwini Municipality's Safer Cities Unit will host the conference themed "Fighting Crime Through" at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

Head of Safer Cities Unit, Martin Xaba, said communities should work closely with government institutions to ensure that the crime is being dealt with.

The conference follows the successful launch of the Ward Safety Committees in June 2009, where all spheres of government were expected to play a role in deliberating on the safety of communities at ward level.

Xaba urged ward councillors, South African Police Services, Community Policing Forums and non-governmental organisations to drive their ward community safety plans to ensure that they curb criminal activities in the area.

Sharing information with other municipalities will also help them in combating crime, he added.

Information sharing on the establishment of ward safety committees will also be among the issues to be discussed during the conference.

Chairman of the Municipal Health, Safety and Social Service Committee, Nomvuzo Shabalala, said the conference would also encourage communities to name and shame criminals as well as identifying the causes of crime.

During the conference, a commitment charter will be signed by the parties who are willing to share information and interact on a monthly basis.