- Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced a plan which aims to reduce violent crimes such as robberies, cash-in-transit heists and hijackings
- Cele together with National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole and new Hawks boss Godfrey Lebeya made the announcement on Monday
- The plan will see previously desk-bound officers deployed to high-crime areas in an attempt to boost police visibility
Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced a new plan which is specifically aimed at reducing violent crimes such as cash-in-transit heists, armed robberies and hijackings. The new campaign will feature a twin-pronged strategy relying on high-police visibility and intelligence-driven investigation.
The plan will enable the South African Police Service (SAPS) to allocate more officers to combat violent crimes. This will be achieved by releasing trained officers who were previously on administrative duties to field duty.
On Monday, Cele together with National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole and new Hawks boss Godfrey Lebeya made the announcement.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Cele has used his authority to migrate police resources from an administrative to an operational level.
EWN.co.za reported that Cele said: "This means that we will be boosted by the deployment of lieutenant-generals. We will also be mobilising ex-police members, who are ordinarily tasked with administrative duties, to augment the visibility of police officers, particularly in identified hotspot areas."
The latest available crime statistics show there have been 140 cash-in-transit heists since the start of 2018, most of these take place in public places and in broad daylight.
Cele in typical fashion called these heists acts of terrorism and vowed to bring to an end the current crime wave which has brought fear to the lives of ordinary and law-abiding South Africans.
"I have directed the SAPS management to adopt an extraordinary approach to stabilise this crime wave‚ which must be followed by a normalisation approach‚" Cele said.
Cele said teams would be deployed to identify crime hot-spots to increase police visibility. He also noted that other teams would specifically concentrate on tracking down wanted suspects.
Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape have been earmarked for special attention by this new ‘stabilisation force’.
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