Minister Dan Plato visited Pringle Bay on 20th August, less than a week after 52-year-old Ferra Thompson had been found dead in her home.
Minister Plato met with representatives of the various organisations that have pledged to fight crime in the area as well as the two local Overstrand councillors.
His message was clear: Everybody must work together in the fight against crime.
He said there was a huge need for trust, especially when it comes to the South African Police Services (SAPS), and that all crimes must be reported.
Every piece of criminality must be reported. Dan Plato, Minister of Safety and Security, Western Cape
He also said it was vital for the entire community to be vigilant.
Other issues discussed at the meeting included:
- the invaluable role of properly functioning CCTV cameras in the community and in homes
- the success of neighbourhood watches and community support where gangsterism is a huge problem
- the idea of a “bosberaad” to get all parties and organisations to work together
- the importance of transparent processes
It was mentioned that Ward 10 in Kleinmond would soon be getting FREE wifi!
Min. Dan Plato assured the meeting that DoCS was “extensively investing” as well as piggy-backing on government resources.