'Snubbed' community activists refuse to take part in second Western Cape crime summit

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Cape Town – Minister of Police Bheki Cele has been accused of reneging on an agreement to include community structures in the planning of a second crime summit to address the high murder rate and crime levels in the Western Cape.

Samekoms, which represents the communities of Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Heideveld, Hanover Park and Zeekoevlei, said on Wednesday it has thus "rejected" the opportunity to take part in the summit in Paarl on Saturday because the "SAPS handpicked a committee loyal to the government's plan".

It highlighted the fact that at the first summit on July 13 and 14, which was organised by the SAPS, communities pointed out the summit was made up of "75% public servants/police while only 25% came from the communities"....

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