Frequently asked questions about community groups

Will Community Police Forums Annual General Meetings take place due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
Community Policing Forum (CPF) electoral Annual General Meetings (AGM) will continue, at the discretion of the local SAPS station. Electoral AGMs are typically attended by less than 30 people and are in accordance with current guidelines.

What safety measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of attendees of CPF Forums/AGM’s?

  • Organisations registered with the CPF are requested to send only one representative to the meeting.
  • Field workers will provide waterless hand-cleansers to all attendees at registration tables.
  • Attendees will be encouraged to sit at least 2 meters apart.

Can Neighborhood Watch patrolling and meetings proceed?
Yes, these can proceed as long as they don't contravene regulations put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Accreditation ceremonies and engagements within communities are limited to 50 attendees and are in accordance with current guidelines. There will be no further events hosted by the Department of Community Safety with regards to Neighbourhood Watch accreditation until further notice.
Bulk smses have been distributed to Neighbourhood Watch members to promote awareness and knowledge of preventive measures. Pamphlets will also be distributed digitally and in-person.

Is the Youth Safety Religious Project (YSRP) proceeding due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
The Department of Community Safety will assess the situation and depending on the outcome will make a call in mid-May on whether to proceed. Organisations will, however, be reminded to stick to the allocated amount of youth and not to exceed 100 under any circumstances.

What safety measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of children attending the YSRP?
In addition to the currently observed health and safety practices, the Department of Community Safety will ensure that proper hygiene is followed and include in the transfer payment agreement (TPA) the type of preventative measures that must be implemented. This will also be subject to monitoring and evaluation.

Will the YSRP commence during the current school holidays due to COVID-19?
Unfortunately, the YSRP will not commence during the current holidays to prevent an increase in infections. The programmes will be implemented in the June school holidays should circumstances allow.

School Resource Officers (SRO)
The SRO programme will continue, however, the department will liaise with the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Education Department regarding the support provided to the SROs in terms of preventative measures.

Court Watching Briefs
The directorate concluded all visits to police stations and courts on 18 March 2020 and will resume on instruction from the Head of Department. This is to avoid placing staff at risk and to minimise social contact.

Will Heritage Western Cape be open?
Heritage Western Cape’s (HWC) operational schedule during the lockdown will be as follows: 1. The public counter at HWC will close as of Thursday, 12h00, 26 March 2020 to 17 April 2020. This will include collections and new submissions. 2. All committee meetings of HWC will be rescheduled to a suitable date after 16 April 2020. 3. Applications, general day to day queries and operations will be held over until 17 April 2020.