Deputy Minister for Police to launch Campus and School Safety Security Training Initiative

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The Deputy Minister for Police, Mr Bongani Mkongi

The Deputy Minister for Police, Mr Bongani Mkongi, will launch the pilot phase of the newly designed Campus and School Safety and Security Training Initiative (CASSSTI) which has been developed by the Campus Safety Support Services NPC under the guidance and tutelage of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).

The launch will take place as part of the Campus Safety Regional Indaba Series to be held on 6,10 and 12 April 2019 at the various SAPS Academies in Pretoria, Durban and Paarl respectively.

The first indaba will coincide with the 40th commemoration of Solomon Mahlangu who was hanged by the Apartheid regime on 6 April 1979 at the then Pretoria Central Prison Gallows.

During his budget vote last year, the Deputy Minister proposed for the mandatory (re)training of campus and school safety and security officers to improve their competence in dealing with incidences of campus and school safety and security.

The main purpose of the Campus and School Safety Regional Indaba Series is to discuss the state of campus and school safety in South Africa especially with regard to violent crimes including fatal stabbings and gender-based violence in school premises, as well as colleges and university campuses.

To ensure a proportional regional representation, various provinces are invited to attend as per the following scheduled itinerary:

6 APRIL 2019, SAPS ACADEMY IN PRETORIA WEST – CITY OF TSHWANE

(Gauteng Province, Limpopo Province and North West Province)

10 APRIL 2019, SAPS ACADEMY IN CHATSWORTH – CITY OF ETHEKWINI

(Kwazulu Natal Province, Mpumalanga Province and Free State Province)

12 APRIL 2019, SAPS ACADEMY IN PAARL – CITY OF CAPE TOWN

(Western Cape Province, Northern Province and Eastern Cape Province)

Invited participants and delegates includes the following constituencies and delegates:

National and provincial government representatives

Representatives of school, college and university management and councils

National Representatives of Learner and Student Representatives including COSAS, SAFETSA and SAUS.

Representatives of Workers Unions including SADTU and NEHAWU

National Professional Associations from schools, colleges and universities including SAFSA, NASDEV, ACHO-I-SAC, etc

Representatives of the Private Security Companies providing safety and security services at learning institutions.

Registration is free for the Campus and School Safety Regional Indaba, but delegates will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.