On Sunday, the state security minister, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, promised to help establish a foundation for families who have been affected by gang violence in Cape Town.
She visited areas affected by gang violence in Cape Town while electioneering for the upcoming national elections.
The foundation aims to encourage organisations to commit funds for important community activities, she says.
I felt it is important to come on board to assist in establishing a foundation primarily to help with issues of gang violence in the area.— Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, Minister - State Security Agency
She explains how she was moved by the shooting of a young man in Heideveld caught in gang cross-fire, though he was not part of a gang.
The foundation will encourage and educate the community about the dangers of being involved in gangsterism and drugs, she adds.
I think the foundation should go beyond providing social assistance in terms of social workers and support.— Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, Minister - State Security Agency
Letsatsi-Duba denies that this is just an empty election promise in order to win votes.
We are responsible citizens over and above being in leadership. What affects our people affects us as well because we are part of the people.— Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, Minister - State Security Agency
When we identify a particular need in a community, we make sure we follow it up whether it is election time or not.— Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, Minister - State Security Agency
We have committed ourselves to play a meaningful role in changing people's lives in whatever form. So this is not because of electioneering...— Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, Minister - State security
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