POLICE in Cullinan, east of Pretoria, on Wednesday went out on a social crime prevention campaign, urging residents to speak out and report the rampant crime in their area.
“This campaign’s purpose is to encourage people of Refilwe community to voice out and break their silence on domestic violence. We have also been receiving a lot of cases like common robbery which are a result of domestic relationships and other domestic crimes which are violent,” Cullinan police station spokesperson, Constable Connie Moganedi, told reporters.
“Our campaign is to encourage people to voice out what they are going through in their homes.”
Moganedi and her colleagues from the Tshwane east policing cluster, interacted with community members of Refilwe township, giving out pamphlets and taking down complaints. Some old women complained to the police about the levels of crime in their area, saying they were being targeted by criminals.
Moganedi said apart from the robberies, the township also experienced “negative ways of protesting” which often left a trail of malicious damage to community infrastructure.
“We have also closed several illegal shebeens over the past three months. For now we continue with our operations. We normally have these operations in this area,” she said.
Moganedi said the senior citizens’ insecurity in the neighbourhood would be tackled in conjunction with the community policing forum (CPF).
“The CPF are our eyes in this community. They are very useful to us. The CPF members easily report cases to the police,” she said.
Community member, Itumeleng Masango said the police intervention was timely.
“We need to see the police more often. Crime is rampant but we trust that the police can handle the situation,” said the mother of four.
A statement issued by the policing cluster said women and children often fell victim to crime in the Refilwe township and neighbouring areas like Onverwacht and Pumzile Park. – ANA