Pule Thole, MPL
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Transport, Safety and Liaison
The DA is concerned with the rising crime incidents in Kimberley and surrounding areas as seen in recent weeks. This is despite the Northern Cape being hailed as “the safest province in the country”.
Community members are terrified and apprehensive at the lack of police action and absence of arrests as is the case in Windsorton and many others. Everyday headlines rock the papers about violent crimes taking place in various communities.
Crime affects us all irrespective of our political affiliations, colour of our skin and our social class therefore a concerted effort is needed to address this social ill that is ravaging our communities.
The police should be capacitated and resourced to deal with crime more adequately and effectively. We cannot sit and watch as our communities are terrorized daily by heartless criminals, all of us need to join hands with law enforcement agencies to beat crime head-on.
In my capacity as a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) and member of the portfolio committee on safety it is my responsibility to ensure that the Safety department is held to account to adequately respond to this situation and lead us in the fight against crime.
The department is specifically required to lead the fight against crime in this province and it cannot be business as usual. Section
206(3) of the constitution determines that the department (a) monitor police conduct, (b) oversee the effectiveness and efficiency of the police service including receiving reports on the police service, (c) promote good relations between the police and community, (d) assess the effectiveness of visible policing and (e) liaise with the national police ministry with respect to crime and policing in the province.
I have requested a special meeting with the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Martha Bartlett to raise this issue collectively with all other relevant stakeholders and address it as a matter of urgency. I have also written to the Chairperson of the portfolio committee on safety Hon Gladys Oliphant to request her to summon the department to brief us on their action plans to deal with this matter.