Closing remarks by the Premier of Mpumalanga Province, Honourable R.M. Mtshweni-Tsipane, on the occasion of the Provincial Crime Prevention Summit

30 June 2023

Programme Director, Honourable MEC Ntshalintshali;
Honourable Executive Mayor, Cllr Nxumalo, of Bushbuckridge Municipality;
The Chairperson of the Mpumalanga House of Traditional and Khoi-San leaders, Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena;
Senior Managers of our Provincial government led by the Director General, Mr Makhukhu Mampuru;
Invited Guests;
Ladies and gentlemen;
Good Afternoon,

  1. Programme Director, I was humbled by the participation of the youth and children delegates, which is an epitome of closing the youth month. Siyabonga Sihle, Loyal and Tammy.

  2. Let us once more remind each other that the purpose of the summit was to develop new strategies in order to deal with current trends in crime fighting, and I am glad that the two days were enriching and fulfilling.

  3. We recognise that the increase in crime and corruption has a negative impact to the social fibre and the economy of our country and that it poses a serious threat to the rights and freedom of the citizens of the country, thereby preventing them from taking their rightful place in economic development, growth and social freedom.

  4. Furthermore, crime and violence are not just a security issue, but have deep social and economic roots and consequences, which deprive the citizens of their rights and dignity.

  5. Noting the various interventions and programmes that are being implemented by various stakeholders in the fight against crime and corruption, we acknowledge that this challenge requires an integrated approach with all relevant role-players and the society in general.

  6. As we conclude the summit, all of us, based on our different mandates and responsibilities, we must all reaffirm our commitment of ensuring that all people in the Province are and feel safe.

    Therefore, the summit has resolved and through the powers vested in me, I give the following directives:

  7. Strengthen the implementation of applicable policy frameworks and directives by all role players and lead Departments/institutions;

  8. Review certain provisions where necessary to give clarity and align to these resolutions;

  9. Review and incorporate programme of action to responsible departments and municipalities plans;

  10. Reinforce the integrated implementation of the summit resolutions, through key sector agencies such as the Office of the Premier, COGTA, DCSSL and SAPS;

  11. Generate quarterly reports on implementation of resolutions to oversight structures; and

  12. Provide frequent feedback to communities and stakeholders through Imbizos/Makgotlas, Ward Committee meetings and various communication platforms.

    In conclusion, one anonymous writer, once enthused that, and I quote: “The greatest day in history will be the day where crime is consigned to museums,” close quote.

    We therefore commit ourselves and all sectors of society represented at this summit, to work together to realize the ideals of an effective criminal justice system; thus contributing to a dignified, safe and secure Mpumalanga Province for all our citizens.

  13. I thank you.
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