Gauteng committed to fighting crime

Monday, February 16, 2009

Johannesburg - Crime remains a serious challenge in Gauteng and as such the province will continue to employ new interventions to fight this scourge.

Delivering his State of the Province Address on Monday, Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile said the provincial government will be recruiting at least 8 000 street patrollers to be deployed in 83 areas in the province and high technology surveillance cameras will be installed in 40 identified crime hot spots across the province.

Last week, 80 high performance vehicles were added to the SAPS rapid response team.

Also as part of fighting crime, the Diepsloot community will soon get its own permanent police station.

"As a result of our commitment to fight the scourge of crime, we have provided them with a mobile police station and a permanent one is currently under construction," the premier said.

He said two more mobile units will be launched in Braamfischerville and Zandspruit in March this year to ensure the building of safer communities in those areas.

The provincial government, he said, was also determined to help fight violence against women and children.

"We are determined to defeat the scourge of violence against women and children. Thus far we have established 132 victim empowerment centres in the province, providing critical support to victims of crime."

He said the provincial government was confident that crime could be fought in partnership with communities,

"We are working hard to defeat the scourge of crime. Together with the police and our people we are confident that we can win this fight," the premier said.