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Tsotsis beware, Joburg is watching your every move

I am so glad that I’m part of the change that I see the City of Joburg implementing every day. We recently went to Kensington, at Rhodes Park with MMC for Community Development Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba for the roll-out of the new closed circuit television security in parks and cemeteries.

The initiative, which is sponsored by the Development Bank of SA, is interesting and a great project that will be implemented across 88 parks and cemetries to support and protect the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoos.

Following the Rhodes Park murders in 2015, this groundbreaking initiative will give the community of Kensington peace of mind knowing that the events that took place in 2015 will not be repeated. This because the surveillance cameras are built to withstand severe and harsh weather, making it difficult for criminals to even think of visiting the parks and cemeteries during those times. The surveillance cameras have an added benefit and will serve as a management tool to monitor and engage healthy communities. They will also be monitored from a mobile device as well.

There are no winners in crime. We all need to unite against crime and give criminals little room to operate in. It is not nice having worked hard for your money and possessions and someone else just decides to rob or kill you. No one has the right to end anyone’s life and I believe with these CCTV surveillance cameras, the City has done a good job towards protecting residents and visitors. I just hope it is spread across all Joburg regions.

By Portia Seemise ​