WESTERN CAPE NEWS - Neighbourhood watches (NHW) who have been issued with the appropriate permit by the Department of Community Safety (DoCS) may continue to operate during all hours.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, shortly after a nationwide curfew due to the Covid-19 pandemic was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“As of 8 June DoCS has been issuing permits to accrediting NHWs which correspond with Form 2. This is in line with the letter issued by the Deputy National Commissioner, Lieutenant General SF Masemola on 5 June this year which outlines the conditions under which NHWs may operate, following the move from alert level 4 to alert level 3 of the lockdown,” Fritz said in a press release.
“NHWs can continue to utilize the permit as provided by the DoCS to patrol. It is essential that NHWs continue to patrol during the curfew hours as we know that these are the times in which crimes such as robberies and burglaries take place.”
Any further questions on whether NHW structures can operate or on obtaining permits for members of accredited NHW structures, can be referred to the Department of Community Safety’s NHW unit by emailing Neighbourhood.Watch@westerncape.gov.za.
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