Eastern Cape: Joint rural policing strategy underway at Provincial Head Quarters...
Eastern Cape: Joint rural policing strategy underway at Provincial Head Quarters
The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner welcomed and acknowlegded all delegates present beginning with National Commissioner General Sitole, Deputy National Commissioner Lt Gen Mfazi including Chairperson of Portfolio Committe on Safety in EC Legislature, Mr Peter including representatives from Cogta, Safety and Liaison, leadership from Traditional Authority saying its her honour to have them under her roof.
National Commissioner General Sitole said we need a shared understanding.
Prince Burns Ncamashe of AmaXhosa kingdom outlined the purpose of the joint work session saying, "It\'s a paradigm ashift towards going back to the basics namely the African concept of policing known as Traditional authority policing. This African concept of Ubuntu has basic fandamentals of intelligence and safety systems."
He further introduced a team comprising if Bishop Mbethe who represents spiritual, religious and moral representative. Mr Xola Makhaphela who serves as a strategist and others from broader society in driving this strategy and assisting Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Ntshinga.
"The constitution outlines the role of traditional authority in enhancing safety and security of the community. Cooperative governance and intergovernmental collaboration is critical in achievement of this objective. All that is needed is a coherent and systematic organ that will plug all of them as one national offensive. It is through this collaboration that we can avoid incidents like Marikana and Engcobo Saps attack.
Prince Ncamashe said we need to learn best practices from other countries like Botswana, Ghana and even USA. They have best practices that can be explored to improve our own systems.
National Commissioner General Sitole is now making a presentation that covers various aspects of rural policing and its implementation.
"The establishment of a comprehensive policy framework which will enable the government to address crime in a coordinated and focused manner which draws on the resources of all government agencies including civil society", said General Sitole.