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Clusters should be transparent, accountable

Cluster committees have been advised to be transparent and accountable at all times.

The advice was given by Sejelo Police station commander, Superintendent Mogomotsi Matlapeng during a community policing workshop in Kanye on March 21.

He said cluster committees played a critical role in reducing crime and therefore needed to lead by example.

Mr Matlapeng said transparency, honesty, openness should be the order of the day to ensure accountability and upholding of professionalism in cluster committees.

He reminded cluster volunteers to bear in mind that they were serving Batswana and should therefore not be associated with illegal activities.

Instead, they should be good ambassadors on whom other nations could benchmark, Supt. Mogomotsi said.

He encouraged volunteers to join hands with the police and the community at large in combating crime.

He urged them to report suspicious activities timeously.

District community policing chairperson, Mr Seth Morule said there was an increase in offences such as stock theft, house breakings and theft common, threat to kill and theft of motor vehicle among others.

He said in 2017, they recorded 242 cases of stock theft,  37  house breaking and theft, 24 threat to kill and nine theft of motor vehicle.

In 2018, 250 stock theft cases were reported,  57 house breaking, 27 threat to kill and 11 theft of motor vehicle.

Mr Morule stressed the importance of  team work in curbing crime and implored volunteers and the community to change attitudes if the collaboration was to be a success.

Kgosi Kwelagobe Mookodi expressed concern over some stations which did not take their cluster roles seriously explaining that Jwaneng, Mabutsane and Kanye volunteers were not performing as expected due to lack of commitment.

He therefore encouraged those clusters to benchmark and learn from Moshupa, Sejelo Police and Phitshane-Molopo which were doing well.

Target, level of participation, strategies and operations, he said were the four main key areas they should focus on when marking reports of cluster committees.

Sergeant Constance Marumo said objectives of the workshop included encouraging committees to research on new methods of combating crime and the fear of crime as well as on safety measures regarding both personal safety and property.

Participants said clusters needed to come up with the best strategies for curbing crime and that committees needed to spread crime prevention programmes to maintain public awareness.

One participant, Mr Abram Kelapile encouraged cluster committees not to allow personal interest to cloud their role. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Mmoloki Mauco

Location : KANYE

Event : workshop

Date : Mar 21 Thu,2019

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