CITIZENS ENCOURAGED TO WORK WITH POLICE FOR SAFER COMMUNITIES
By: Amanda Mqadi
“The public must contribute to the creation of a more conductive environment for police to fight crime decisively,” said Zuma.
This, according to President Jacob Zuma’s address to South Africans at the memorial of the South African Police Service. Citizens were urged to fight against crime and to work
with the police to create safer communities.
Zuma added that this must be done by reporting all criminal activities to the police.
Sergeant Bonginkosi Mqadi, a policeman from the Charge Office in Dr Yusuf Dadoo
Street (former Broad Street) in Durban, said that most criminal activities take place in Durban, CBD.
“Only when the police and the community truly work together for their own safety, trust will be built,” said Mqadi.
He added that the police’s duty is to to deliver the highest professional standards in their service to the public and in this way citizens will feel that they can trust the police.
“Once the citizens trust the police they will be able to provide the police with information and assistance to help prevent crimes and to arrest more criminals,” said the sergeant.
He explained that this will help them gain legitimacy in the eyes of the public, and this could lead to safer futures for communities and increased effectiveness for police.
Scelo Mdaka (30), a Newlands West resident, said that they have recently formed a neighbourhood watch to reduce crime in his area.
“Working with our local police services is the most effective way in protecting property, reducing car break ins and burglary,” said Mdaka.
He said that many individuals within the area have agreed to be part of the watch, increasing the levels of safety in the community.
“This partnership with the police will go a far way to improve our lifestyle and reduce fear of crime in our daily lives,” said Mdaka.