Fochville says ‘No’ to farm attacks

The peaceful procession moving down Losberg Avenue on Monday afternoon.

An impressive tractor, horses, several community members in their vehicles and police bakkies made up the procession. It started at the corner of Jakaranda and Losberg streets at 16:00 and continued to the circle in the middle of the town. The only stop was the Fochville Police Station for a prayer session.
According to the communications officer of the police in Fochville, Const. Elsie Tshonte, the Fochville CPF (community policing forum) organised the event. The police supported the initiative fully and the acting station commissioner even took part.
‘Although there were fewer people than last year, it was still a success because it helped raise awareness of farm attacks,’ said the Fochville CPF chairman, Mr J.C. van der Merwe. He added that the Fochville CPF was also busy with many other activities in the area.
This CPF won the Merafong Security Cluster trophy for the best CPF in Merafong. Its members regularly assist the police and other law-enforcement agencies at roadblocks on the R12 and R500.
The 142 patrollers also help with farm patrols and operations against illegal immigrants, among others.
‘The Fochville Policing District is the fourth largest in Gauteng and has 14 entrances that we must patrol. Since we started, the number of criminal cases has dropped by about 50 per cent. Because of our extensive network and the WhatsApp group we established, it only takes three minutes for assistance in an emergency in town. The response time on farms in only nine minutes,’ he said.

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