Cape Town to pay for tip-offs on gangs

By Drum Digital
15 April 2013

The City of Cape Town will pay for tip-offs which lead to arrests in gang violence and drug running on the Cape Flats, it was reported on Monday.

The city's legal team had worked for months to interrogate the legal limits of a system of informant pay-outs, safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith told the Cape Argus.

He declined to elaborate on the rates, and said the amounts would depend on the "quality and accuracy" of the information.

It was the first time the city would implement such a system.

Smith said witness protection fell outside the city's mandate, but he confirmed that informants would be protected under the strictest codes of confidentiality and anonymity.

Provincial police spokesman Lt-Col Andre Traut told the newspaper "substantial amounts of money" were already being paid out by the police for information on gangsterism.

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