Youth against crime summit in Pretoria

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Pretoria will this year be host to a youth crime prevention summit.

The summit is aimed at developing a strategy to deal with young people as both the perpetrators and victims of crime.

It will be held at the St Georges hotel in Irene from Wednesday till Friday.

Expected to attend are police minister Bheki Cele, national police commissioner Khehla Sithole and various researchers in the field.

“Youth crime prevention is a strategic and operational response to youth criminality,” the SAPS said in a statement.

“It is also a platform to trigger legislative development and policy review to reinforce protection for the youth as a high-risk sector of the community.”

Police said their youth crime prevention strategy was aimed at empowering and supporting young people to become self-sufficient.

The summit is set to lay the foundation for developing and implementing the Junior Community Safety Fora (JCSF) programmes, said police.

This will be done through the consolidation of provincial, district and local municipality safety plans.

“These would incorporate and complement the ideals of spatial development, infrastructure development plans and crime prevention, with the focus being on youth development as a long-term objective through enhanced economic participation, coordinated mentorship and life-coaching programmes.”

The youth summit is held as the country celebrates youth month.

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