Press Releases Never in my life have I dreamed so hard for a moment like this for us all! In our world of humanity and connection to one another, the bonds of love, care, support, empathy, compassion, the energy and laughter of children, and a hope for the future for all. This is what gives
Never in my life have I dreamed so hard for a moment like this for us all! In our world of humanity and connection to one another, the bonds of love, care, support, empathy, compassion, the energy and laughter of children, and a hope for the future for all. This is what gives me the energy to work for our Rainbow Nation. To me, it is the highest order for the nation to be called to action in the common cause of working together to protect each other.
Although Together SA CAN, a registered NPO has been in existence for some 18 years, and operating in the crime prevention, victim support and community collaboration space, in 2019 the specific aspect of providing a specialised support service of tracking a cases movement from incident right through to parole of the perpetrators, as well as providing guidelines and case management assistance to the Victims and/or their families was formalised in the form of our innovative Specialised Victim Support (SVS) platform.
SVS was built on the foundation of the incredible collaboration of policing, security and NGO agencies from national right through to local, even including some key international role-players all working together to bring Sandra Moonsamy home.
Sandra was brutally kidnapped almost without a trace from her vehicle in Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal as she was on her way home from work. The breakthrough for the longest kidnapping case in South Africa was made some 162 days later.
In this case, I learned, that the only thing higher than the crime of murder is that of murder that is hanging in the balance, the tables have been turned and the gun forced into our hands, our every word and decision as a team being the potential trigger on a human being.
This task to bring Sandra home was a multi-agency collaboration effort but the team leader who had more than heart, soul and wisdom, a person who understood the long game, and who made it all possible, was Hawks Commander Brig. Gopz Govender, supported by two lead Hawks Investigators W/O Sonnekus (Stompie) and WO. Rajen Govender.
Specialised Victim Support (SVS) was born, a process to change the trajectory forever in the way in which we collaborate. A process that works on the very time clocks of life, and in terms of a crime includes Incident/priority emergency, a 72-Hour Collaboration Response Plan, Arrest, Trial, Conviction, Parole and Reintegration, with each case timeline spanning between 25 and 30 years. In the finite world of capturing every aspect of human intelligence (HI) processes and best practices as well as resource capturing all those organisations and people in the timeline of policing which is a daily moving target of change.
The creation of a process that adds each and every organisational resource available in that moment into both the response to see justice and healing, and critically future prevention so that we can move towards measurable results as a nation.
It means that as each case is added to the system by SAPS, Hawks, Crime Intelligence, Agencies, Victims/Families etc., we get stronger and wiser, victims are empowered, police and supporting agencies work seamlessly. Nothing is left behind or inadvertently forgotten because in teamwork we find perfection. I always say, we are not short on resources, we are short on knowing one another and knowing who to trust.
SVS does not sprint alone, it takes a combined effort of law and order, each organisation’s gifts and talents, individuals pulled together and so on, which creates the powerhouse change.
The truth database is a very specific truth verification process which has nearly two years of information on priority criminal activity including the effect on victims. Case management, victim support and the victim impacts now cover an ongoing measurement of the “Impact” from the time of the incident to reintegration and not just for court proceedings. This will also help to manage victims in an entirely new way to see better outcomes for our nation.
Our Incident Management & Information Capturing System (IMICS) is the primary management system used to capture and manage these cases, with support from our Specialised Victim Support Platform (https://togethersacan.org.za/) and these processes in conjunction with firm collaboration in the private and public sectors can be a firm turning point for our nation in the ability to manage cases and meet member needs.
It has taken us 18 years of experience in this field and a lot of dedication and sacrifice to craft the processes, collaboration agreements and to build the technical support of our platforms, something that has cost us several million just in the last three years, and will cost in excess of R47 million to complete (excl running costs). We believe however that as a South African Community Action Network, we can rise. We now need to start planning the implementation for 2022/23 and we can only hope that like-minded individuals and communities will come together, see the track record and push “The Golden Buzzer” to help us scale for the nation.
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