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11 July 2017


The Department of Community Safety and Transport Management's Crime Prevention unit this last week conducted "a fight against crime" project at Boitekong location situated in the Rustenburg local municipality.
This environmental design program was a deliberate response to the long standing outcry of the community members regarding a bushy area which has become a hive of criminal activities and a cause for concern to the community.

The project was carried out through a De-bushing initiative that is coordinated as a form of a Letsema campaign whereby members of the community are encouraged to volunteer their services in the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) program.
This community partnership program is undertaken in order to prevent or reduce the potential opportunity for criminal activities to manifest as well as to increase the ease of detection and identification of criminals and their actions.

CPTED is conducted through various activities across all four districts in the Bokone Bophirima province in a form of campaigns targeting crime hot spot areas.
Examples of such activities include: clearing of bushes (de-bushing), erecting crime spots alert information boards, replacing street light globes and through lobbying municipalities to revive recreational parks.

The department of community safety and transport management invited relevant stakeholders such as the Boitekong Police, local Community Policing Forum, Boitekong Taverners Forum, business people in the area, ordinary Boitekong community members and the Rustenburg local municipality to help to de-bush the identified bushy area.
This area was identified after having observed the crime trends and patterns that were reported to the nearby police station as usual occurrences in this place.

This bush is used by the community as a shortcut to go to the local mall, the block of flats and residential area on the other side of the location.
Perpetrators then take advantage of this and hide in the bushes to terrorize community members by raping women and girls, beating and bullying people as well as robbing people of their groceries and goods.

Mr Solly Kgampe, the Deputy Chairperson of the local Community Policing Forum in Boitekong expressed his excitement as follow; ’as a member of this community I am grateful that the department and the police came to help us, these thieves should be scared when they see us working this hard to remove this bush.
They should start running away as they no longer have a place in our community’.

The MEC for community safety and transport management, Dr Mpho Motlhabane was delighted seeing the stakeholders coming together for a common goal.
'I would like to thank each and everyone who came to help to de-bush this area which has been a nightmare to the community, working together as a collective will enable us to achieve a lot, indeed this is saamwerk saamtrek in motion'.

This department is guided by the Setsokotsane and the 10 by 10 campaigns launched by the fifth administration led by Premier SOR Mahumapelo which mandates us as a department to create a clean and safe environment, free of crime, greed and corruption", concluded the MEC.

The team continued the crime prevention awareness at Sunway location in Hartebeespoortdam over the weekend to help establish a Community Policing forum structure and also to give presentation on safety tips to the community members at the local church.


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