The community of Kwanokuthula (Kwano), a formalized area in Plettenberg Bay and within the Bitou Municipality, launched a much-needed community inspired crime prevention unit on the 5th of May at Kwanokuthula Community Hall.
The unit was established on the 14th of February 2020. The unit includes representation from taxi operators, local business people, members of the clergy and concerned residents generally, all sharing a common vision of abolishing crime in Kwano.
The unit comes after Kwano has seen a rise in what Kwano Crime Prevention has identified as the challenges facing their area right now, including housebreaking, drugs, poor street lights, staggering rape cases and lack of police officers.
They have partnered with a number of community based organizations who were also in attendance at the launch, they include among others Green Hearts, Youth Community Changers, New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch, Bitou Law Enforcement and Community Policing Forums.
One upset was the absence of the South African Police Service.
The main speaker for the night was regional head of the Correctional Services Department, Mrs Booi, who spoke on the importance of collaboration among key stakeholders in fighting crime in our communities.
The organiser of the Kwano Crime Prevention unit, Mr Sindile Mdlalani, told us that without the support of local businesses in Kwano, the launch would have never happened, he also expressed their gratitude to the local Clicks shop at Melville’s corner for their contribution.
As a tourism town, crime is one of our biggest challenges we need to nip so that Plett remains a preferred tourist destination for our visitors. It is the responsibility of all of us to belong to a neighbourhood watch, police forum or unit in our respective areas, in order to make sure that we all play a role in keeping Plett safe.
Kwano Crime Prevention is led by Chairperson Siphelele Matshotyana and he can be reached at 083 350 5346.
By Plett Tourism Correspondent, Wandisile Sebezo
IMAGE (compliments of Plett Tourism): From left to right: Sindile Mdlalani, Siphelele Matshotyana, Denis Makhetha, Vuyolwethu Vice, Abongile Bokveldt, Mzoxolo Prens and Thembinkosi Modi