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on 20 October 2023 , Alfred Nzo District Manager Mr Mqinyana held a census engagement and Safety Month preparatory session alongside with members from South African Police Service and Local Municipality, at the Courtyard Hotel in Matatiele.The aim of the session was to give feedback and a general overview of the perfomance of Police Stations within district in compliance with the legislation
The Department of Community Safety mission is to”build dsafer communities through effective civilian oversight over the police service and to forge partnerships” The Department gave feedback on the findings and further gave erecommendations on how to improve service delivery in Police stations.in order to mantain safety and order in communities.
All Police stations were present and welcomed the recommendations, while committing that they will work together with the Department in ensuring that they work effectively.
The Department of Community Safety, led by MEC Xolile Nqatha held a 3 day Strategic Planning Session from 19 September to 21 September 2023, at the Summit Lifestyle, East London.
The purpose of this session was to receive update on the organization review process, reflect on political and administrative directives for the FY 2023/25 and to receive expectations from stakeholders. Present were stakeholders from The Office of the Premier, South African Police Service (SAPS),
The MEC spoke on democracy which has afforded us an opportunity to sit at gatherings such as these. To put plans and strategies in place to fight crime in our Province and country. He also spoke on the high level of lawlessness in the
province and the importance for strengthening our oversight role.
on the 15 of August 2023, the Department of Community Safety through Chris Hani District held Policing Accountability engagement session at Tylden, Queenstown. The aim of the programme was to grant community an opportunity to engage with stakeholders and come up with solutions to address the act of criminal activities in the area.
The stakeholders that graced the programme with their presence were the Department of Community Safety, South African Police Services, Department of Correctional Services, Department of Social Development and Farmers association.
The community members raised issues of stock theft, domestic violence, drug abuse assault and murder in the community. The Department of Social Development was urged to intervene and provide their services to the victims of the committed crimes.
The Department of Community Safet Chris Hani District Manager Mr Sizwe Sikwebu encouraged the community of Tylden to work hand in hand with the police and report perpetrators of criminal activities.
On the 08th of September 2023, the Department of Community Safety’s MEC Xolile Nqatha held a Crime Statistics Release for the 1st Quarter of 2023/24 financial year at Matatiele Council Chamber in Matatiele, Alfred Ndzo District.
The stakeholders that graced the event with their presence were South African Police Service (SAPS), Department of Community Safety (DoCS), Community Policing Forum (CPF) Department of Department of Correctional Services and Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).
The statistics outlined an increase of stock theft in Matatiele and other surrounding areas which are close to the Lesotho border, however there has been a significant decrease in Murder cases, Theft, Rape and Motor vehicle theft throughout the province.
The districts that have been identified as hotspot areas are O.R Tambo, Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality and Buffalo City Municipality. The MEC urged with various stakeholders and the community at large to work hand in hand with SAPS in the fight against crime, he also applauded the South African Police Service of Eastern Cape for their sterling work.
The MEC of Department of Community Safety Mr Xolile Nqatha welcomed the release of 1st quarter crime statistics.
On 17 July 2023, the Department of Community Safety MEC Xolile Nqatha together with Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene, attended the court appearance of three susspects who were arrested for the alleged gruesome killing of General Store onwner Zoleka Gantana and her assistant Kholosa Mpunga in East London Magistrate Court.
Gantana 57, and her employee, Mpunga were abducted during a robbery at the business in Ncerha .The police discovered their dismembered bodies, which were beyond recognition.MEC Nqatha commends police for arresting the three suspects .The case has been postponed to 18 August 2023 and the suspects have remanded in custody