PE communities, government meet over gang violence

FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says law enforcement agencies will intervene immediately to deal with gang violence and drugs in Booysen Park and other communities in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth.

The Minister on Monday led a Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster community outreach programme in the area. Minister Nhleko, however, stressed that government cannot address the situation alone. He urged the community to play its part and be part of the solution.

“Government alone cannot solve crime issues. I call upon communities to cooperate and assist us by sharing information that may lead to the success of the intervention and decrease crime,” said the Minister.

Minister Nhleko was joined by Justice and Correctional Services Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla, Defence and Military Veterans Deputy Minister Kebby Maphatsoe and Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan.

The outreach saw community members engage directly with senior government officials. Residents asked the JCPS cluster to increase visible policing, to deal with drug lords and ensure that all corrupt people are held to account.

Challenges in relation to social ills such as drug abuse, unemployment, teenage pregnancy and children who stay out of school were also discussed at the community meeting.

The JCPS cluster has committed to continue conducting similar visits to communities around the country as part of government’s participatory democracy approach.