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The White Paper on Safety and Security (White Paper) was approved and adopted by Cabinet in April 2016. It seeks to promote an integrated approach to community safety, crime prevention and violence prevention and facilitate the objective of building safer communities in South Africa, as set out in the National Development Plan (NDP). The primary objective of the White Paper is to provide an overarching policy for community safety, crime prevention and violence prevention in order to facilitate synergy and alignment of Government strategies on community safety, crime prevention and violence prevention.
To facilitate effective implementation of the White Paper, state actors are required to undertake a range of activities directed at the achievement of these policy goals and objectives. These include facilitating an enabling environment for active community and civil society participation. The Civilian Secretariat for Police Service (CSPS) has been assigned responsibility for the development of this Implementation Framework (Framework) to support implementation of the White Paper.
The Implementation Framework sets out the key parameters for implementation of the White Paper and addresses all relevant stakeholders within the three spheres of Government, community, civil society and private sectors. The scope and application of this Framework are aligned to constitutional and legal prerequisites governing intergovernmental relations, competencies and mandates of state institutions and the promotion of citizen engagement and participation.