Hon members community participation in the fight against crime is crucial in

Hon members community participation in the fight

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Hon members, community participation in the fight against crime is crucial in achieving any of the set targets, as we all agree that violent crimes are a social problem. The extent of the brutality in most contact crimes such are murder and rape, abuse of drugs, alcohol and gangsterism indicates the extent of social decay that needs a collective approach to resolve. The cluster is currently implementing the Community Policing Strategy and Communities in Blue Policing Concept, which is aimed at re-affirming the government’s commitment to building safer communities through community policing partnerships, and to further operationalise the concept of community policing with
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 226 a view of stimulating active citizenry and citizen participation in the fight against crime. Crime and violence in schools is on an alarming rise and is a growing phenomenon that needs to be handled and dealt with decisively through our school safety plan with long term solutions. Gender-based violence is unacceptably high in South Africa which inhibits women’s ability to enjoy rights and freedom on the basis of equality with counterparts. The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, FCS, becomes extraordinarily important. There are currently 183 FCS Units which creates a specialist investigative environment to deal with gender-based violent crimes including sexual offences, with a focus on serial rape-related cases. Furthermore, the police have established 1 047 dedicated victim friendly facilities at police stations countrywide to accommodate and assist. I heard the hon member Chirwa saying that there is no special focus on these. There is a lot hon member. We can sit down and talk and invite your input because we take this one very serious.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 227 In financial year 2017-18, the FCS unit has achieved 692 life sentences and out of 3 234 dockets, we have sentenced those people to 30521. We are very scared Mr President, that the correctional services of South Africa will be soon be full lifers. We are putting a lot of lifers there that are in the scourge of working on abusing women. Lastly, the question of gangsterism and criminality cannot be achieved by the police alone. We are facing a serious problem in policing when it comes to something called environmental design. I had somebody talking about a paradise Western Cape. There is no paradise Western Cape here. [Interjections.] Join me, join me, and let’s go to Khayelitsha ... [Interjections.] The SPEAKER: Order! Order! [Interjections.] The MINISTER OF POLICE: Let’s go there ... [Interjections.] ... the people that died ... [Interjections.] The SPEAKER: Minister, give me a second. Hon members, you may haggle but don’t drown the speaker on the floor
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 228 The MINISTER OF POLICE: Hon Speaker, the police that were shot last week were shot because there is darkness, there are no lights in Samora Machel. If you go to Bishopscourt, if you go to
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