08 April 2021
Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE
Pretoria – Minister of Police General Bheki Cele on Wednesday welcomed the deployment of about 200 police officers to fight crime in the province.
The police officers were seconded from National South African Police Service to the Western Cape province, as force multipliers in violence-laden hotspots across Cape Town, Police Ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said.
“The Western Cape’s high murder rate is simply unacceptable. In the past week and during the long weekend, 100 people were killed either by stabbing or were shot dead in this province. It is important that we put the shoulder to the wheel to make sure that the people of this province especially those living in and around the city of Cape Town, know what peace looks like,” Themba said.
The officers, which include members of visible policing, crime intelligence, forensics and detective services, will focus their skill sets in crime hot-spots such as Khayelitsa, Delft, Kraaifontein, Nyanga, Harare, Philippi East policing precincts.
Themba said that these areas are in the top 30 police stations with the most contact crimes such murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and sexual offences.
Addressing the deployed officers at a parade, General Cele told the police members to remain the most valuable resource to fighting 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 sick and tired of crime and they are relying on you to consistently and effectively flush out criminals,” he said.
“At all cost you must also protect the women and children and the most vulnerable and remember that drugs and alcohol abuse remain the major causes of violence in many of the communities that you are serving,” Cele maintained.
The just ended Easter festivities was characterized with violence, crime, people found in possession of illegal firearms among other others. The South African Police Service was on high alert to contain unruly behavior and illegal activities.
The move followed what police referred to as a gradual increase in violent crimes, especially crimes related to gang violence.