Tebogo Msimanga |
Minister of Police General Bheki Cele welcomed the deployment of about 200 police officers seconded from National South African Police Service to the Western Cape province, as force multipliers in violence-laden hotspots across Cape Town.
Minister Cele 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.”
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.
Minister Cele said 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 parade, on Wednesday, 7 April 2021,Cele told the police members that they remain the most valuable resource to fighting crime and there is no time for complacency.
“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” concluded Minister Cele.