Police Minister Bheki Cele is expected to preside over the Anti-Crime Ministry Imbizo in West Village, Krugersdorp on Saturday following protests in the West Rand over crime and illegal mining.
The imbizo will be held in the same community place eight young women they were allegedly raped by a gang last Thursday during a music video at a disused mine.
The alleged crimes are believed to be committed by zama zamas (illegal miners) who live and carry out illegal mining operations in the area.
Police have since caught more than 80 illegal miners who appear in court and none of them were linked to the sexual attacks, pending DNA results. The suspects are accused of being in the country illegally.
According to the Ministry of Police, the imbizo was held on Saturday in an effort to address illegal mining and crimes generated by the illegal mining operations.
The meeting will include the Departments of Mineral Resources and Energy and Home Affairs. The National Commissioner of Police Fannie Masemola will also reach out to the public.
“The aim of the Crime Fighting Izimbizo is to provide a platform for residents, to discuss and engage with the SAPS regarding known crimes affecting the community and establish immediate and long-term police interventions.
“The community meetings also aim to promote and improve community-police relations,” said Ministry of Police spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba.
The second installation of the Crime Fighting Imbizo will take place on Sunday in Kagiso, near Krugersdorp.
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