Crime-fighting volunteers get reflector jackets

Town Two community police forum members received warm reflector donation from a private company. MP Bheki Hadebe and councillor Mthwalo Mkhutshwano officiated.

Town Two community police forum (CPF) were given warm reflector jackets just in time for winter when criminals target unsuspecting people on their way to work in the dark.

Member of Parliament Bheki Hadebe and councillor Mthwalo Mkhutshwano presided over the hand over ceremony held on Friday.

The forum covers Ward 97, which includes Mandela Park, Town Two, Harare and Phakamisa.

The forum had placed an appeal for assistance with equipment through various platforms and Steel and Pipes for Africa heeded their call.

Mr Mkhutshwana said the much needed donation is a moral booster to crime busters who are voluntarily offering their services.

“They will be able to carry out their work with confidence. The donation came at the right time,” he said.

The reflective jackets will make them much more visible when patrolling in the early morning and at night.

Mr Hadebe said that the involvement of the private sector in crime fighting activities, particularly in townships was appreciated.

“Partnerships of this nature between the government, communities and the private sector are vital and we invite more companies to identify needs of our people and help where they can,“ he said.

Steel and Pipes for Africa’s Norman Louw said that being involved in community initiatives was always very rewarding.

“We really felt we wanted to get involved and assist this community as we can see the good work that they are doing among themselves and supporting the SAPS. It was a fantastic day here today to be able to contribute in a small way.”

Khayelitsha Cluster CPF chairperson Funeka Soldaat, who is at the forefront in the battle against hate crimes, said “people driven crime fighting initiatives” must be supported.

“We can only win the war against all of forms of crime when members of the community are part of the war,” she said.

Lingelethu West SAPS spokeswoman Captain Xoliswa Nyalambisa welcomed the donation and said it will motivate forum members.

MP Bheki Hadebe, councillor Mthwalo Mkhuthswano and Norman Louw from Steel and Pipes for Africa