Sunnyside CPF ready to fight crime

Newly elected CPF chairperson Sundile Dube.

The newly elected leadership of the Sunnyside Community Policing Forum (CPF) has pledged to work closely with the police to combat crime – and to restore public trust in the SA Police Service.

“One of the biggest challenges is corruption within the police ranks which undermines the dignity of the police within the community. Police corruption makes it difficult to fight crimes include drugs and human trafficking in Arcadia,” new chairman, Sandile Dube said.

The new leadership was chosen at an annual general meeting held at the Premier Hotel in Arcadia on Saturday. Other members of the committee are deputy chairman, Joe Mayephu; secretary, Mpho Lewele; deputy secretary, Shonisani Lugaga; treasurer, Ann Matseke and public relations officer, Eunice Mnyandu.

There were only four out of six Sunnyside crime sectors the meeting. Sectors one and six did not attend due to personal reasons.

The meeting suggested that the additional members to the committee should be include the chairpersons of those sectors that were not available to make sure that they participate in the Sunnyside CPF executive committee.

Dube said it was important for the public to appreciate that it was only a few police officers who were corrupt, and giving the entire police service a bad image. He warned though that the battle against crime would not be won unless the rogue police officers are dealt with.

Dube said good relationships between police and the community was essential to fight against crime in Sunnyside.

He urged residents not to try do the work of the police but be their eyes and ears.

“Police are trained and have resources to deal with criminals. As residents, let us assist them by providing information necessary to arrest criminals in our area,” Dube said.

Prior to the general meeting, Dube had been the chairperson of the Sunnyside CPF interim committee which ensured that the forum held elections to democratically elect the permanent committee.

The Sunnyside CPF was led by an interim committee since its former chairperson Cameron Ngwenya stepped down in late 2012 to pursue a political career.

The interim committee was dissolved on Saturday before elections took place under the watchful eye of the Sunnyside Cluster CPF Board chairperson, Jaco van As.

Van As said he had fully trusted the newly elected executive of Sunnyside CPF committee that it would execute the task as expected of them.

“I ask God to have blessing on them,” Van As said.

He said the poor participation by community members in CPF activities hampered the fight against rampant crime in the area.

“I request the community in Sunnyside to participate in the current CPF’s activities to fight crime,” Van As said.

Sunnyside police spokesperson Sergeant Asnath Malatsi said they were excited that they had a permanent CPF.

“I hope the executive will not fail the station and the community,” Malatsi said.

She said the police would give the new CPF committee all the support it needed from the police.

Members of the Sunnyside CPF executive committee, Ann Matseke, Sandile Dube, Eunice Mnyandu, Joel Mayephu, Mpho Lewele and Shonisani Lugaga.

Members of the Sunnyside CPF executive committee, Ann Matseke, Sandile Dube, Eunice Mnyandu, Joel Mayephu, Mpho Lewele and Shonisani Lugaga.

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