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News: ‘NOT ON OUR WATCH’ campaign welcomed by Nelson Mandela Bay residents and businesses

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

Making sure that their infrastructure and businesses are protected after the recent incidents of looting and destruction in Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal, the Community Policing Forums and business sector immediately rallied together to ensure that such devastation never happens in Gqeberha.

The NMB District Executive CPF and the NMB District Business Community Policing Board mobilised various roleplayers and embarked on an awareness campaign on Saturday, 17 July 2021 to assure the communities of Kariega and NMB that they will not allow any threat of looting or criminality destroy their city. It was heart-warming to see the communities come out in their numbers to support such an initiative. A motorcade led by the Eastern Cape bikers, all security companies in NMB, neighbourhood watches as well as businesses departed from the taxi rank in Kariega and visited all the malls in the metros, talking to and handing out pamphlets to shoppers encouraging them not to participate in any criminal activities such as the lootings and destruction that took place in the two Provinces earlier in the week.

The motorcade was welcomed by positive cheers from the communities. Also supporting this initiative were various businesses, councillors, religious leaders, NGOs, other government and non-government departments, SAPS and Metro Police as well as various mall and shopping centre management. The theme adopted for sending the clear message was ‘NOT ON OUR WATCH.’


The NMB District CPF chairman, Mr Ayanda Gcakasi was firm in his stance that this venture is ‘against economic destruction. We will not allow any persons to run amok and destroy our malls and infrastructure. Such behaviour causes a ripple effect and our communities will be paying the price in the aftermath of such destruction. We cannot allow our law abiding citizens to lose their jobs especially when we are fighting another pandemic of COVID 19. It is overwhelming to see the NMB metro communities, government and non-government organisations come together to protect their city against any form of criminality. We appreciate the support of the Provincial CPF with special gratitude extended to Mr Tim Hendricks, the Provincial CPF treasurer who together with a team made sure that this campaign was a success and that the message of NOT ON OUR WATCH resonated throughout the communities and malls this weekend. The support from the SAPS and the Metro Police indicates that we all stand together against crime,’ added Mr Gcakasi.

Also on Saturday, 17 July 2021, the Caltex regional office in NMB expressed their appreciation for the excellent work executed by the CPF’s, donated 250 reflective vests to the Bethesldorp CPF. The vests were handed over to the Bethelsdorp CPF chairperson, Ms Karen Kemp at the Walker Drive shopping






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