Friday, 23 August 2019

Welkom: Minister of Police General Bheki Cele; on Friday 23 August 2019, hosted a community engagement (Imbizo) with the community of Welkom in the Free State. The Imbizo was hosted under the theme ‘Enhancing policing and community relations’.

Minister Cele alongside SAPS management, engaged the community members on policing matters aimed at ensuring the safety and security of residents in and around Welkom. The 12-member task team was unveiled and set up as a result of concerns raised by residents.

Community members of Thabong in the Free State used the Ministerial Imbizo to raise their policing concerns of illegal mining and increasing gang and drug related crimes.

Residents filled up the Kopanong outdoor arena in Welkom and interacted with Police Minister General Cele and SAPS management including officials from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the National Prosecution Authority.

Thabong residents raised their frustrations of crime and illegal mining in the area. Some complained about corruption amongst some police members and unavailability of police vehicles to respond to crime.

Responding to allegations by residents, Minister Cele has instructed the Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General; David Sempe, to urgently look into the claims of police who are not servicing the community as they should.

The community of Thabong also raised concerns around the growing incidents of illegal mining.

“The task-team that has been assembled will go a long way in dealing with the complaints of the community. The national Police management has taken a decision that Operational Response Services units such as operational task teams targeting specific crimes will be rolled out nationally.” concluded Minister Cele.