MNQUMA Local Municipality recently joined hands with the Butterworth Hawkers Association, Police, business and other stakeholders to launch the "Blow The Whistle” campaign, an initiative that is aimed at arresting an increasing spate of petty crimes in the Butterworth CBD. The idea came after hundreds of hawkers in one of the Eastern Cape’s fastest growing towns complained to authorities about the negative impact of crime on their business and economic development.

Working together with members of the South African Police Services and officers from Mnquma Local Municipality’s Safety and Liaison Division, the hawkers will blow their whistles to attract attention against daring criminals who snatch bags and steal from small business owners earning an honest living in Butterworth. The Blow The Whistle Campaign also enjoys the support of the Amathole District Municipality, Standard Bank, Jet Clothing Stores and Baron’s Supermarket. Partnering with other stakeholders in the fight against crime is important to grow the city’s economic development, growth and job creation potential. Mnquma Local Municipality will continue supporting all initiatives that are aimed at fighting crime and creating a peaceful environment in all areas within municipality’s jurisdiction.