Tuesday, 03 May 2022

by Palesa Portia Lebakeng

Botshabelo: On Saturday; 30 April 2022, the Minister of Police; General Bheki Cele and the management of the South African Police Service as well as the Premier of the Free State and her Executive, embarked on a Ministerial Crime Prevention Imbizo in Botshabelo; in the Free State.

This engagement came at the back of various crime related issues that were raised by community members during the Presidential Imbizo hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the 09th of April 2022.

Responding to the residents’ complaints at the Presidential Imbizo, Minister Cele committed to return to the area to deal decisively with the identified policing and safety concerns, through working with the SAPS and community policing structures to restore law and order.

Free State Premier, Sisi Sefora Ntombela and Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, once again had the privilege of interacting with the community of Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.

It was during the President’s Imbizo where the community of Mangaung, Botshabelo in particular, sharply raised issues of rising crime and a complete collapse of law and order in their beloved town.

Amongst many issues raised where; rising livestock theft, gender based violence, shortage of female police officers, alleged corruption and incompetence in the police serve, poor police visibility and unattended organised crime syndicates.

General Cele is zooming in on Botshabelo and plans are already in place to intensify police efforts in Botshabelo and Mangaung in general. Furthermore, the minister vowed to deploy more police in Mangaung from the over ten thousand officers in Training. This will go a long way in addressing shortage of police.

Also present were Police Roads and Transport MEC; William Bulwane, MEC for Finance; Gadija Brown, National Police Commissioner; General Fannie Masemola and Provincial Police Commissioner; Lieutenant General B. Motswenyane.