Riots in North West proves necessity of AfriForum’s Safety Summit

AfriForum, in cooperation with the Solidarity Movement, will be hosting a national Safety Summit on 6 May 2017 at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria. Various experts in the community safety sector will address attendees on how to curb crime.

“The recent riots in the North West province around Lichtenburg and Coligny indicates that such a Safety Summit is necessary. There should be a golden thread running through the rolls of the State, the community and the private sector in this regard. We have no other alternative than to develop a national safety strategy; more than 18 000 people are murdered per year in South Africa,” says Ian Cameron, Head of Community Safety at AfriForum.

The following speakers will be speak at the summit:

  • Dr Johan Burger from the Institute of Security Studies
  • Minister Dan Plato, Provincial Minister of Community Safety in the Western Cape
  • Mosiuoa Lekota, former Minister of Defence and leader of COPE
  • Prof Rudolph Zinn, criminology expert at UNISA
  • Solly Msimanga, Mayor of Tshwane
  • Ben Freeth, activist and farmer from Zimbabwe
  • Yusuf Abramjee, social and civil rights activist
  • Major General (retired) Roland de Vries, former Deputy Chief of the South African Army
  • Flip Buys, Chairperson of the Solidarity Movement

An exclusive video-interview with Major General Johan Booysen, former Head of the Hawks in KwaZulu Natal, will also be aired at the summit. The interview deals with the importance of community involvement, the role of various units in the police and corruption.

The focus of the summit will be to discuss national safety mechanisms for communities, the State and private sector in order to curb crime.

The following issues will be discussed: international examples of community actions against crime, synergy between communities and the State, the role of community structures in fighting crime and the launch of AfriForum’s Nehemiah Safety Strategy.

Register to attend the summit at

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