The Deputy Provincial Commissioner in Limpopo responsible for Policing, Major General Jan Scheepers, took a lead during the massive rural safety roadshows which were conducted in all the five Limpopo Districts, being, Capricorn, Waterberg, Mopani, Sekhukhune and Vhembe. The roadshows started on 20 October until 28 October 2020.
The purpose of these roadshows was to strengthen partnership policing between the farming community, to ensure that the rural safety strategy is active and owned by all the role players to ensure that crime in and around the rural and farming areas, is dealt with head on and effectively.
During these roadshows, Major General Scheepers was accompanied by the SAPS District Commissioners as follows :
In the Capricorn District, Major General Lesiba Mashilo, in the Waterberg District, Major General Rosina Mulaudzi, in the Mopani District, Major General Maggie Mathebula, in the Sekhukhune District, Colonel Thiba (the representative) and in the Vhembe District, Brigadier Van Der Walt (on behalf of Major General Mbazima Ngobeni), the Acting Provincial Head of Visible Policing, Colonel Martin Van Staden, the Section Head of Media Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Mamphaswa Seabi.
The audience at all these venues include the Districts farming Organizations, farmers and members of the community.
Major General Jan Scheepers addressed the attendees in all the Districts focusing on the following issues:
* The Implementation of partnership policing between the farmers and SAPS Rural Safety District Coordinators.
* Challenges faced by farmers.
* The danger of employing foreigners without proper documentations to be in the country.
* Crime trends in each District which reflected that farm attacks are not directed to a specific race.
* Condemnation of the community members taking the law into their own hands and making irresponsible statements that incites conflicts.
* Stock theft which is becoming a serious problem in the Province.
General Jan Scheepers, has further encouraged the participants to allow God to lead during this fight against crime, because God guarantees life. Farmers were advised to demand feedback or progress reports of their reported cases from the investigating officers. He highlighted that working together is the best remedy to reduce criminal activities in our areas.
When concluding his addresses, Major General Scheepers said, “You can have the best plan but if that plan lacks God, then is the same as nothing.”
During all these roadshows, the participants directed similar questions to Major General Scheepers as follows: the safety at farms, police resources and service delivery. He accordingly answered all the questions to the satisfaction of everyone.
Most of the farmers and community members complemented the police on their continuous engagement with the farming communities across the Province.
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