Police to monitor Gauteng hotspots

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Johannesburg - Law enforcement agencies will be out in full force to deal with unruly revellers as many prepare to mark the end of the year, says the Gauteng provincial government.
Briefing reporters on Wednesday, the province's MEC for Community Safety Nkabisi Mosunkuthu, said municipalities in Gauteng, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and all other law enforcement agencies have finalised and commenced with implementing plans to ensure that all in the province revel in peace.
"Whilst the plans we are announcing today are broadly covering the entire province, we will also pay particular attention to known hotspots around this time," said Mosunkuthu.
He warned that authorities will show no tolerance for any action and behaviour that seeks to undermine tranquillity and instigates unlawful behaviour of whatever nature.
Special measures are also in place in known hotspots in the province such as the Johannesburg city centre with the focus in the notorious area of Hillbrow.
Mosunkuthu said special attention will also be paid to well-known trouble areas in Tshwane and townships like Thembisa and Springs in Ekurhuleni.
"The South African Police Service, all three metropolitan police departments and the Gauteng Traffic Police will be out in full force to ensure order in these areas," he said.
Sections from Visible Policing, Public Order Policing, Reservists Units and all response units will be deployed, while necessary pre-emptive and reactive steps have also been planned to ensure unhindered movement in these areas by citizens.