Eldorado park Johannesburg
Minister of Police, Bheki Cele.
Police Minister General Bheki Cele visited Eldorado Park on Thursday, August 15. The Minister hosted a community engagement (Imbizo) with residents of the Greater Eldorado Park community.
The Imbizo, which was held at the Faith Temple Church in Extension Five was aimed at enhancing policing and community relations of the residents living in the community. This visit came after calls were made from residents appealing to the Minister to help build a safer community.
According to communications officer, Constable Fezeka Khobo, Minister Cele and his entourage started their visit at the Eldorado Park police station. “A briefing and presentation which included discussions on resources, services rendered to the community and stakeholder engagements were discussed,” said Khobo.
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“We then moved to the Faith Temple Church where residents raised their concerns and issues with General Bheki Cele,” she added. Khobo confirmed that most of the issues raised were crime and drug related.
Residents came out in numbers in hopes that their cries for a safer, cleaner and drug free community will be heard. Jennifer Lombard, one of the residents who attended said that she is tired of living in constant fear.
“We cannot walk our streets without the fear of getting mugged, it’s no way to live,” said Lombard.
Cele listened to everyone’s concerns and made commitments, saying that a safer Eldorado Park is possible. The Police Minister also highlighted the looting that has taken place in Soweto over the last few weeks.
“Any criminal act worries the police and the government, there is no doubt about that. Our main focus now, as the police, is to be on the ground and work with the residents so that people to people issues can be dealt with,” Cele concluded.
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