Community Safety and local CPFs face off over elections

The Western Cape Department of Community Safety (DOCS) is at loggerheads with community police forums (CPFs) across the Western Cape due to the CPFs refusal to follow directives by the department. The CPFs are refusing to follow guidelines and directives issued by the department in relation to the election process[…]

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SANDF decision welcomed, but not without criticism

By Tasneem Adams Lucinda Evans literally cried when she heard the news that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would be deployed to the gang-ridden streets of the Cape Flats. It’s a fight she and other community crime fighters have endured for years – one which fell on deaf[…]

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Cape Flats is a “low-key war zone”

By Rukaya Mosavel “Our children’s lives matter” and “The Cape Flats is a low-key war zone” were some of the emotive words written across placards held by community crime fighters today – an expression of the sheer frustration with the level of gang violence. Community Police Forums and Neighbourhood Watch[…]

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Hanover Park set to stage protest against gang violence

By Ra-ees Moerat With Hanover Park residents gripped by fear and a sense of helplessness, community members are set to stage a protest on Saturday August 26, 2017, against gang violence. Last week, 16-year-old pupil, Octavia Johannessen’s life was cut short when she was allegedly gunned down by gangsters in[…]

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Police accused of failing in Phoenix

Residents in Phoenix, Milnerton, say they are facing serious policing issues. They attest that there is drug dealing and criminal activity happening on their doorsteps, but when the police are notified, they ask residents to provide “proof”. GroundUp has recently reported on residents’ concerns over lack of services in their[…]

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CPF head in CT being ousted from position

Mitchells Plain cluster community policing forum (CPF) chairperson Hanif Loonat is being ousted from his position for allegedly being manipulative and threatening to tap the phones of other members. A letter, signed by members of eight Cape Flats community police forums, was written to Loonat on Wednesday calling for his[…]

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