Manzini Council Contributing to Fight Against Crime
The Municipal Council of Manzini is making an effort to assist the Royal Eswatini Police Service in the fight against and prevention of criminal activity in the City of Manzini.
Council has a strategic target to achieve a safer city in the next four or five years and has pegged the improvement of public order, safety and security as top priority in the city’s 2019-2024 Integrated Development Plan. As a result, the Municipality is in the process of developing a public order, safety and security management strategy for the city as well as a collaboration framework with the Manzini Royal Eswatini Police Service. At the same time, the Municipality is already rolling out a number of crime response activities in the city.
CRIME PREVENTION TEAMS IN EACH WARD
The Municipality’s plan is the establishment of crime prevention teams in each of the 12 municipal wards. Statistics shows that most of the people who are involved in criminal activity is the youth; age group between 15 and 35 years. This is as a result of the prevailing scarcity of job opportunities as well as lack of capacity by the youth to engage in entrepreneurship activities. A large majority of the youth is idle. Therefore, the crime prevention teams comprise the youth; the aim being to keep them preoccupied by making them engage in various socio-economic activities. Such teams have already been set up in Zakhele Township and Murray Camp. Activities that these are involved in include entrepreneurship capacity building as well as social activities such as dancing competitions. Indications are that in the areas where these teams have been established there has been a reduction in youth criminal activity and engaging in socially unacceptable behavior. This intervention will be rolled out incrementally to other municipal wards. Parents are urged to encourage their children to join and fully participate in these crime prevention teams.
INTRODUCTION OF NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEMES
As part of an effort to achieve a safer municipality, the Municipal Council of Manzini is in the process of establishing structured neighbourhood watch schemes in the various communities within the city. The idea is that residents in a particular community need to know each other and share contacts so that it is easy to alert one another in the event of suspicions of criminal activity happening within the community. The crux of the whole operation is the “nawe uliphoyisa” principle. This will not only ensure safety and security amongst individual residences but even safety of the Council furniture within that particular community. There is one such scheme that is already operational in Helemisi and Coates Valley townships and the plan is to have these rolled out incrementally to other municipal wards. Residents of the two townships are urged to obtain more information about these already existing schemes and fully participate in them.
SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY POLICING
The Municipality is fully supportive of the existing community policing mechanisms that are available in various townships within the City of Manzini. At the moment such operations exist in Moneni, Mangwaneni, Zakhele, Murray Camp, Ngwane Park and Madonsa. Council supports them with working equipment such as handcuffs, whistles and reflectors. Residents are urged to obtain more information about the community policing schemes that exist within their communities and cooperate with them. The Municipal Council of Manzini can assist with contact details.
REGULAR RAIDS IN CRIME HOTSPOTS
The Municipality provides regular raids in crime prone areas of the city. Through a collaboration between her outsourced security service (presently Kwekwe Security Rangers) and the Royal Eswatini Police Services, the raids are conducted at least three times a week. The key focus areas in this respect include the Old Trade Fair, the banks of the Mzimnene river, within and around the main bus rank as well as the illegal garages near Sidney Williams school. Illegal substances such as dagga and illegal cigarettes are often busted and confiscated during such raids. However, no hard drugs such as cocaine have been found so far.
…REFRAIN FROM ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES IN MANZINI
The following illegal activities will most certainly get you in trouble in the event you get caught by Kwekwe Security Rangers or the Royal Eswatini Police Service. Please refrain from them at all times;
- Trading in the city without a valid permit from Council
- Selling of pirate CDs and DVDs
- Selling of illegal cigarettes (G.T)
- Public drinking
- Urinating in public
- Burning of waste
- Drugs peddling