Police Minister Bheki Cele told members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), redeployed to the Western Cape, that he expects nothing less than results in their efforts to fight crime. The national SAPS has embarked around 200 officers, who are sure to be force multipliers in crime hot spots across Cape Town.
Speaking in Belhar on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, Cele said the new additions could not have come at a better time as the province remains stubborn on violent crime.
“The high murder rate in the Western Cape is simply unacceptable. Over the past week and over the long weekend, 100 people have been stabbed or shot dead in this province. It is important that we put our shoulder to the wheel to make sure that the people of this province, especially those who live in and around Cape Town, know what peace looks like, ”said Cele.
Redeployed officers include members of visible law enforcement, crime intelligence, forensics and detectives. They will occupy crime hotspots like Khayelitsa, Delft, Kraaifontein, Nyanga Harare and Philippi East – many of whom have seen an increase in gang-related violence.
These areas are among the top 30 police stations with the highest incidence of contact crimes, such as murder, attempted murder, robbery and sex offenses.
Bheki Cele: “ There is no co-governance with crime ”
Bheki Cele told police officers that they remain the most valuable resource in the fight against crime and that there is no time for complacency.
“Your presence in this province must yield results. We cannot afford anything less. The people of this province are fed up with crime and they are counting on you to eliminate criminals in a consistent and efficient manner. At all costs, you must also protect the most vulnerable women and children and remember that drug and alcohol abuse remains the main cause of violence in many of the communities you serve ”.
Police Minister Bheki Cele
With some police officers believed to be in cahoots with criminals, the minister said this should not be accepted and officers are expected to fight it.
“Most of the time, innocent children and parents find themselves in a crossfire because the gangsters co-govern with the government. You are here to say that there is no co-governance with crime and that you are here to push back, ”he said.
Cele laments skyrocketing crime in Cape Town hotspots, officers redeployed
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