De-bushing to prevent crime
Rustenburg – The Bojanala Platinum District Municipality (BPDM), in partnership with the Community Policing Forum (CPF), the South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Correctional Services, the Democratic Alliance (DA), Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM), and Department of Public Safety, carried out a de-bushing initiative in Rustenburg on 28 March.
The project was conducted to clear the thick undergrowth behind the Ben Marais Hall, which was being used as a hideout by criminals to attack, terrorise and rob community members. Parts of the shrubbery were also used by commercial sex workers.
In an interview with Platinum Weekly, DA councillor for ward 18, Martha Lerm said: “We must make a difference in the eradication of crime. A big thank you to everyone who took part in this initiative.”
The chairperson of the CPF in Rustenburg, Tienie Bosman, encouraged community members to play an active role in the fight against crime by reporting any suspicious activities.
The police also committed themselves to increase patrol activities around areas that have been identified as crime hotspots.
BPDM director for infrastructure Amos Khumalo said four other thickets in Rustenburg are earmarked for similar de-bushing initiatives.
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