Delegates converged at the President Hotel in Bloemfontein on Friday with the aim of electing the new leadership in the Provincial Community Forum board under the theme “ Together advancing Free State forward in fighting crime”.
The Conference started on Friday, 21 April 2017 where representatives from 18 Clusters in the Free State Province met with the Police management to shape and pave a way forward in the collaborative multi-disciplinary approach against crime.
The outgoing CPF committee members presented achievements as well as challenges they were faced with during their tenure. Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Lebeoana Tsumane congratulated the outgoing board for the good work done and mentioned that he needs to see the CPF in the Province engaging more with their communities.
MEC Police, roads and transport Honourable Sam Mashinini also graced the occasion and addressed the delegates. In his speech the MEC started by congratulating the law enforcement agencies in the province for a job well done in the past Easter holidays by ensuring that the Free State is safe for road users. Free State is the only province that managed to reduce the rate of fatalities during the Easter holidays.
Through the assistance of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), elections were conducted on Saturday and the outgoing Provincial CPF Board was re-elected and reinstated as the current board. After the election the Provincial Commissioner pledged his support in the board and the CPF structures in the province.
The General further said; “let us go and ensure we work hand in hand with the Station Commanders in the fight against crime. If you have issues, let us sort them behind closed doors, not in public”.
General Tsumane gave the board three key things that will ensure success: Loyalty is key, Patriotism is important and Commitment is the energy to drive you to the right things. “We alone as the SAPS, we will not make it, we need you as leaders and the community to take part in the fight against crime,” said the Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Lebeoana Tsumane.
The re-elected Provincial Community Policing Forum Board is the Chairperson: Advocate SA Mosholi, (Deputy Chairperson) Mr Sebeela, (Secretary) Mr. C Mosesi, (PRO) Me Mathibe, (Treasurer) Me BK Mnweba.
In his acceptance speech, The Chairperson, Adv. Mosholi said; “as the committee we reassured the elective that we will once more hit the ground running and continue in the quest of turning the Free State into a safer place to be, in South Africa, by working hand in hand with the Station Commanders and the Provincial management”.