Call for residents to step up to the plate and fight crime

Captain Alpheus Mashaba encourages residents to work together with the police to combat crime in their areas. Photo: supplied.


The Sophiatown police encourage community members to participate in making their communities safer by attending crime prevention initiatives that are run by the South African Police Service through sector policing.

Sophiatown Police Station captain Alpheus Mashaba said the sector police are divided into three sectors that are responsible for different areas. Sector 3 initially formed the sector crime forum, where suburbs come together and elect an executive committee every month. The Sector 2 meeting will take place on 16 May at the NG kerk in Sophiatown.

“The areas that fall under Sector 2 are Sophiatown, Westdene, Claremont, Newlands, Montclare and Industria North. On 16 May we plan to get Sophiatown as a sub-forum. As the coordinator of the CPF we have sector crime forums in all three sectors. We want to incorporate the participation of the community where we have sub-forums where each suburb has a small committee,” said Mashaba.

He added that the Westdene community has a sub-committee and Sophiatown and Newlands are the next to be established. After all the suburbs have their own committee, the sector crime forum will be formed for Sector 2, which he described as being a matter of coordination.

“The challenge that we experience is a lack of participation from the community, we are trying to encourage them to attend these meeting but they are not attending them. I have tried on numerous occasions to involve the community so they can elect their own leaders. I don’t want to elect people who have not been chosen by the community themselves,” said Mashaba.

During the meeting they would like to get the community onboard to work with the police, and allow people to express their concerns and discuss the formation of a block forum divided into street committees. Residents will be able report criminal activity to the street representative, who will then escalate the matter.

Further information will be made available on the I love Sophiatown Facebook page.

Details: Sophiatown Police Station 011 670 6300.

Naledi Mokoena

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