Cele bemoans soaring crime in Cape Town hotspots, officers redeployed

Police Minister Bheki Cele has told the 197 officers redeployed to Cape Town, to put the shoulder to the wheel, in rooting out crime

Cele bemoans soaring crime in Cape Town hotspots, officers redeployed

Police Minister Bheki Cele has told members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), redeployed to the Western Cape, that he expects nothing less than results in their crime busting efforts. The national SAPS has roped in about 200 officers, who are sure to be force multipliers in crime hotspots across Cape Town.

Speaking in Belhar on Wednesday, 07 April 2021, Cele said that the new additions could not have come at a better time as the province remains stubborn in violent crime.

“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,” Cele said.

The redeployed officers include members of visible policing, crime intelligence, forensics and detective services. They will be manning crime hotspots like Khayelitsa, Delft, Kraaifontein, Nyanga Harare and Philippi East – many which have experienced an increase in gang-related violence.

These areas are in the top 30 police stations with the most contact crimes such murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and sexual offences.

Bheki Cele: ‘There is no co-governance with criminality’

Bheki Cele told the police members that they remain the most valuable resource to fighting crime and 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. At all cost you must also protect the women and children and most vulnerable and remember that drugs and alcohol abuse remain the major causes of violence in many of the communities that you are serving”.

Police Minister Bheki Cele

With some police officers alleged to be in cahoots with criminals, the minister has said this should not be accepted and the officers are meant to push back against that.

“Most of the time innocent children and parents find themselves in a crossfire because gangsters co-govern with the government. You are here to say there is no co-governance with criminality and you’re here to push back,” he said.

Source : The South African More