Rural safety plan under review - Mthethwa

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Monday said government is currently reviewing the rural safety plan which strengthens its prioritization of rural areas and rural development.

Addressing the Agri-SA Rural Safety Crime conference held in Pretoria, Mthethwa said the rural safety plan also needs to address vulnerable sectors of rural communities including, women, children, elderly, disabled and even immigrants.

"Our aim is to ensure that we develop a rural safety strategy that not only responds to the safety and security needs of the rural community within South Africa but also ensure an effective and sustainable policing approach," he said.

"We would like to encourage all stakeholders within the rural safety sector to work together in a properly co-ordinated and integrated manner and engage at all levels in our planning and implementation of this strategy," he said.

Mthethwa said Government recognizes that both farmers and farm workers are valuable assets in the economic development and agricultural prosperity of our country.

"We would like to encourage all stakeholders within the rural safety sector to work together in a properly co-ordinated and integrated manner and engage at all levels in our planning and implementation of this strategy," he said.

The rural safety, which the minister said is near finalisation, also needs to address vulnerable sectors of rural communities including women, children, disabilities and even immigrants.

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