Group tackles township crime

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Nov 26 2012, 00:01:17

Members of a community police forum in the South African township of Tsakane hope to be role models for young people

Sitting in a shack behind a table are five members (two men and three women) of Tsakane's Community Police Forum (CPF), a voluntary unit set up to deal with minor crimes. Their purpose is to make the local area a safe place, to gain the trust of the community, to support vulnerable people and to reduce crime.

The two men talk about a problem: teenage boys stealing metal from neighbours' houses and selling it to a nearby scrapyard in exchange for the drug, nyaope.

"We have had problems with guys drinking, smoking and being angry," says Conny Moretsele, the forum's chair. "We encourage them to come forward but some never do, and when we carry out a door-to-door follow-up, we find out they have moved."

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