The South African Police Service (SAPS) has launched special Multi-Disciplinary Economic Infrastructure Task Forces (EITT) in KwaZulu-Natal to curb damage and theft in the province’s economic infrastructure.
KZN’s Deputy Provincial Law Enforcement Commissioner, Major General Phumelele Makoba, officially launched the EITTs on Monday.
The introduction came after President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a speech on the state of the nation in February that the continued damage and theft of economic infrastructure had “eroded confidence and severely curtailed economic growth, investment and job creation”.
According to the president, the country must face gangs that are breaking into construction sites and other outlets to extort money from companies, saying it requires a “focused and coordinated response.”
In connection with the launch at the Durban Central Police Station, Makoba encouraged all actors to work together in an integrated manner to curb the blow and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“We are convinced that the perpetrators of these crimes are repeat offenders, and we must deal with these criminal gangs and put an end to the theft and destruction of our basic infrastructure.”
EITTs focus on the following areas:
• Theft of non-ferrous metals (eg copper cable theft);
• Basic infrastructure crime (eg manipulation, damage or destruction of infrastructure related to energy, transport, water, sanitation and communications services);
• Critical infrastructure crimes (eg pipeline fuel theft);
• Extortion on construction sites and / or in economic areas; and
• Combating illegal mining and trafficking.
Three teams have been formed to deal with these crimes and will operate in the districts of Ethekwini, Umgungundlovu and King Cetshwayo, where these crimes are most prevalent.
According to SAPS at KZN, the teams are made up of various disciplines from the police, government agencies, other law enforcement agencies, state-owned organizations, mobile phone operators, and the Priority Law Enforcement Directorate.
“EITTs ensure the integration of operational processes, resources and intelligence in all SAPS operating environments under a single command in order to deal with economic infrastructure crime and extortion in a coherent and synergistic manner,” SAPS said. – SAnews.gov.za
KZN teams in the fight against economic infrastructure crime
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