CAPE TOWN: South African Police Service positioned about 200 officers to Cape Town crime hotspot.
Minister of Police Bheki Cele welcomed the deployment of officers to the Western Cape as force multipliers in violence-laden hotshots.
The police officers were formally supported by the national South African Police Service. Mr Cele said the province continues to experience the same high levels of violent crime. He also said the reinforcements could not have come at a better time.
“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 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,” said Mr Cele.
The statement stated that the brigade, which includes members of visible policing, crime intelligence, forensics and detective services, will focus their skill sets on crime hotspots such as Khayelitsha, Delft, Kraaifontein, Nyanga, Harare and Philippi East.
Mr Cele mentioned that these places are in the top 30 police stations with the most contact crimes such as murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and sexual offences.
He told the police members that they remain the most valuable resource in fighting crime. He said there simply can be no room 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.
“At all cost, you must also protect the women and children and the most vulnerable, and remember that drug and alcohol abuse remains the major cause of violence in many of the communities that you are serving,” added Mr Cele.