The long overdue election of the executive of Brackenfell Community Policing Forum (CPF), will go ahead next month during an annual meeting.
This comes after a heated dispute between the provincial CPF board and the national department of community safety (Docs) over voting rights for CPF elections, resulting in the then acting provincial police commissioner Lt Genl Sindile Mfazi, placing a moratorium on all CPF annual meetings and elections in October last year.
Subsequently the CPF meeting scheduled in Brackenfell for 30 October 2019 had to be cancelled.
Chair of Brackenfell CPF, Werner Victor on Friday confirmed that the annual meeting will now go ahead on 3 February. “We received a communication from the Tygerberg police cluster to go ahead with the annual meeting and election.
“However, we are still awaiting instruction from the Brackenfell police station commander as to which set of election rules to use in terms of voting rights; that of Docs or that of the police,” Victor said.
The two sets of rules contradict each other, in that the Docs election directive, changes the voting rights adopted by CPFs in accordance with national police legislation. According to Victor, the Docs directive would afford organisations accredited by Docs, stronger voting rights.Victor stressed that the CPF will abide by the instructions given by police in this regard.“Local CPFs’ first reporting line is to the police, and thereafter to Docs,” he said.However, minister of community safety Abert Fritz on Monday stated that where CPF elections are concluded with Docs present and in line with its directives, their outcome will be recognised. But where elections are not concluded with Docs present and are not in line with its directives, the CPF will not be recognised and therefor not qualify for further provincial funding.“I am in the process of arranging a meeting with the provincial CPF board to discuss the matter of CPF elections further. I have, thus far, not received any communication from the police that the moratorium has been lifted and that CPF annual meetings will continue,” Fritz said.Local member organisations such as churches, neighbourhood watches or schools were invited to nominate members as office bearers.The following positions will be voted for: chair, deputy chair, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, project coordinator, public relations officer and an additional member. Election forms must be submitted to the CPF no later than 24 January.Other topics of discussion will include a crime overview of Brackenfell, crime analysis and statistics.
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