Police move to swoop on violent crime

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pretoria - The Tshwane Metro Police Department is to partner with the South African Police Service in a bid to gain control over the recent surge in violent crimes in the capital city.

The Tshwane Metropolitan Council's Community Safety Department said it was deeply concerned and disturbed by the recent murders, especially, east of the city.

"The Tshwane Metro Police will be collaborating with the SAPS and embarking on initiatives to track those responsible for these heinous deeds," said Tshwane Metro Police spokesperson Console Tleane.

"We will pay particular attention to the areas that have been targeted and come up with comprehensive strategies to combat crime in those areas," Mr Tleane said.

He added that the department wanted to get a deep understanding of the situation and assess whether there were specific patterns which needed to be monitored.

"Our plans for the current financial year include intensified crime prevention in areas all over the city suburbs, townships and some rural areas, with emphasis on the 76 wards which form the city."

A meeting of Metro Police regional Directors and Commanders was convened on Friday where one of the key items discussed was the recent killings.

"We are also initiating an urgent meeting with SAPS clusters in the city. The aim with this meeting is in order that we may be able to share notes on the recent developments and develop joint strategies."

Media reported last week that a man was shot by intruders in Moreleta Park, while a farmer was injured and one of his workers killed in a shooting incident on his smallholding in Boschkop.