JCPS Cluster highlights successes
Some South African citizens still doubt their safety due to crime reported in the country every day. In a media briefing held in Pretoria recently, the Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster reassured the public that serious measures and steps are continually being taken to fight and reduce crime.
Chairing the briefing was the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Jeff Radebe, who said the successful prosecution and severe sentences in relation to cases such as that of Anene Booysen, who was raped and brutally killed in Cape Town, demonstrated sterling work which is evident of an effective justice system that prioritises victims of crime.
Speaking at the quarterly JCPS briefing, the minister stressed the importance of partnership with various stakeholders in fighting “a common enemy which affects all people”. “We remain firmly committed to strengthen partnerships with all communities to ensure that we meet the obligations of the JCPS Delivery Agreement in ensuring that all people in South Africa are and feel safe,” remarked Minister Radebe.
Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, shared the same sentiment, saying that it is the societal responsibility to report any form of crime within communities. Minister Mthethwa said the cluster continues to improve systems to effectively prevent and collectively respond to any act of crime.
He further welcomed the appointments on critical positions within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) “as this will strengthen the work of the cluster.” The recent appointments are that of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mr Mxolisi Nxasana, Special Investigating Unit (SIU) Head, Advocate Vasantrai Soni and the Director of Public Prosecutions of the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court, Advocate Sophy Noko.
Talking more on sexual offence and related matters, Minister Radebe indicated that the JCPS cluster identified 57 Sexual Offences Courts to be re-opened and 22 of these facilities are expected to be re-established during the current financial cycle. He further explained that currently, 35 Thuthuzela Care Centres are fully functional countrywide. The initiatives in the fight against fraud and corruption have seen more people arrested for fraudulent and illicit activities.
Based on the statistics from the police, 522 incidents/allegations of serious corruption were recorded by the end of June 2013. Minister Radebe further said 791 persons are currently under criminal, financial and or forensic investigation.
Meanwhile, strict country’s boarders, according to the State Security Minister, Siyabonga Cwele have effectively assured citizens that South Africa is safeguarded and secure. He said currently, the deployment of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops to patrol the country’s boarders continues to contribute significantly in reducing the levels of crime and safeguarding of the sovereignty of the country.
"The SANDF confiscated contraband to the value of R1 296 431 on the SA/Zimbabwe boarder. Importing of illegal goods including livestock into the country has a huge negative impact on the economy of our country and health of our people,” concluded Minister Cwele.
By Mokgethwa Ngoepe
09 November 2013