MIMNSA (NotInMyName SA) Mamelodi Branch leaders held their meeting today at Stanza Bopape Community Hall in extension 5, Mamelodi East. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a way forward to issues taking place in the community.
Issues such as Katlego Joja where the movement intervened and police were suspended from the station for turning the family back when they were reporting Katlego missing. Also other issues such as a young lady who her face was left with acid burns after a fight she had with another lady who threw acid on her and her 11 months old baby and a family that has recently reported to NIMNSA about a husband and an abusive father. “The organisation stands up for issues such as gender base, violence and social injustice in the community, dicipline is crucial as well as passion to ensure success of the organisation”, said the National Secretary General, Themba Masango.
He added that they are running this movement out of passion to see the community safe and to send a positive perception into the community for the community to see their hard work. The Chairman of the organisation, Velaphi Mabogoane adressed the leaders that any issues they are coming accross should be reported to the head office as part of following the protocol of the organisation before it goes out to the media. He has also mentioned that he will do a follow-up on the matters that the movement is currently facing.
“We need a mandate to allow us to take over the CPF space in the community, all the police stations need to be aware of this occupation, especially if they are failing to assist the community”, said Themba. He mentioned that issues such as unattended cases by police will cause the movement to intervene. Men abuse in the community will also be considered as well as women and everyone in the community and Nation Wide. According to the leaders, the Mamelodi East and West police have promised to work with the organisation.
“We met with the leaders and in our meeting we discussed the importance of working with together in addessing social issues in the community, by way of awareness, formulating neibourhood watches and joints patrols, it is within the the context of community policing cocept embraced by our consitution”, said Mameloi West Police Spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso.
When the school re-opens, the movement leaders will address and attend issues such as teachers who mollest children and students in relationships with teachers will be attended. During the meeting, a memeber of he organisation suggested the organisation to do activities to engage more with the community memebers. The organisation started in May 20, 2018. The movment is currently facing financial challenges as they do not have a sponsor or funds to assist. Media briefing to be announed soon.
By: Fortunate Machaba