- The Police Commissioner for Johannesburg has come forward to assure its citizens that the city doesn’t need the assistance of the South African army
- This statement follows the decision made for SANDF to be deployed in Cape Town, after an increase in violent gang activity
- The Joburg Police Commissioner went on to say that he believes the city’s police force is making sure and steady progress when it comes to decreasing the robbery statistics in Johannesburg
Gauteng Police Commissioner, Elias Mawela, recently made a statement assuring citizens of Johannesburg that the city does not need the help of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF), when it comes to combatting crime.
According to eNCA, a report for 2018/2019 on the State of Urban Safety placed the city of Johannesburg as Gauteng’s most dangerous metro.
Despite this, Mawela is adamant that the Johannesburg police department are entirely capable of handling the high levels of crime in the area, and do not need the help of SANDF.
This statement follows on from South African Police Minister Bheki Cele’s decision to deploy SANDF troops in the Cape Flats ares of Cape Town, Briefly.co.za reported.
Cele’s decision came after steadily rising murder rates in top gang areas in Cape Town, which culminated recently in a bloodbath in Philippi and Hanover Park, which saw 13 lives taken in supposedly hit-style murders.
The SANDF troops will reportedly be stationed in gang hotspot areas in and around the Cape Flats area for 3 months.
While Cape Town has called on SANDF to help with rising levels of violent crime, Mawela remains adamant that Johannesburg does not need similar assistance.
“We are gradually making inroads … Criminals are saying they are moving to other provinces because it is hot in Gauteng … The picture won’t change overnight but change is coming,” Mawela reassured Gauteng residents.
To hear more on this matter from Gauteng Police Commissioner Mawela, see here:
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