A joint provincial policing strategy has been drawn up to fight crime in Gauteng. Among the measures are more police stations, more police patrols and spies.
POLICE will breathe harder down the necks of criminals, and use tougher tactics, under a dual crime-fighting strategy between the provincial government and the provincial police.
Premier Nomvula MokonyanePremier Nomvula Mokonyane: Police visibility will be strengthenedAs part of the Gauteng Co-created Policing Strategy, which dovetails joint efforts to fight crime and corruption, enforce by-laws and build better communities, more police stations will be built, including in Dube, Soweto, where the infrastructure is obsolete, and in Cosmo City, where services are inadequate.
In line with the strategy, the Safer Schools Project will also be reinforced. The purpose of this project is to enhance the teaching and learning environment through the improvement of sector policing and the deployment of the flying squad.
More police patrol vehicles will man the province’s roads. “We will put other resources in strengthening police visibility as well as building detective capacity,” said Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.
The crime strategy was launched on Thursday, 31 March at the Premier’s Office in the Johannesburg city centre. It would serve as a blueprint of fighting crime in the entire province, Mokonyane said.
Certain areas will be prioritised, including the proliferation of liquor outlets, the high concentration of illegal drug manufacturing plants, hijacked buildings and rural safety. The province has partnered with the South African Police Service, private security companies and metro cops.
In her state of the province address on 21 February, Mokonyane said one of her main priorities would be ensuring the safety of the people of Gauteng.
All crime will be targeted in the new joint strategy, from felony crimes, to bag snatching, pick pocketing, corruption, cellphone theft, smash-and-grab attacks, indecent assault, robbery and hijacking. Mokonyane said high quality service would be improved while the upgrading of infrastructure would be accelerated.
Illegal liquor outlets will be closed downIllegal liquor outlets will be closed downProvincial Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros said as part of the strategy, the police had arrested about 250 of their own members and charged them with an assortment of crimes ranging from corruption and drug peddling, to building hijackings, kidnapping, car hijacking and a host of other felonies.
“We are not going to be apologetic when it comes to fighting crime,” said Petros. “We want Gauteng to be [as] safe as in yesterday.”
It was revealed in parliament on 30 March that most crime was committed in Gauteng, which accounted for 52 percent of the overall crime committed in the country.
The police and Gauteng’s extensive plan includes eradicating all crime strongholds, making communities safer, educating people about by-laws and community safety, and urging citizens to see reporting criminal activities as a civic duty.
Mokonyane called for strong partnerships between communities and the police, for better co-ordination in fighting crime. The aim is to stop all crime and improve the quality of life and personal safety of all people in the province.
The Gauteng MEC for community safety, Nonhlanhla Mazibuko, said the police would reintroduce spies, who would work closely with communities.
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