Crime problems will be resolved

2015-10-29 06:00
 Police deputy minister Maggie Sotyu addressed the media during her briefing regarding the success of Operation Stop/fiela at the Nyanga Police Station.  PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

Police deputy minister Maggie Sotyu addressed the media during her briefing regarding the success of Operation Stop/fiela at the Nyanga Police Station. PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

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The much complained about lack of resources at the Nyanga policing precinct will soon be a thing of the past.

This is according to deputy police minister Makhotso Maggi Sotyu who was at the Nyanga station on Tuesday.

She had visited the notorious police station to attend a briefing on the progress made so far since the launch of Operation Stopper, which was launched by the SAPS last month.

Sotyu told reporters that the precinct will be boosted with manpower as they were in the process of re-employing former SAPS members.

“We have opened the process, so they can reapply to be part of the police services again. There will be over one hundred deployed in the province and over fifty of that will be in the Nyanga policing precinct,” she said.

She said that some of these members had retired early while some had left the service to look for greener pastures.

“Some of them have found out that it’s not so greener on the other side, some them having retired early.

So these are officials who are still very capable of executing their duties,” Sotyo noted.

She said that newly graduated police officers will also be added to the manpower of the cluster.

Though she could not give the exact numbers at the time, as she was still to continue with the meeting with the cluster leadership, Sotyu said that she was very happy with Operation Fiela.

“I’m very satisfied that the operation has been successful, even though I cannot give you numbers at the moment. However there were still challenges such as resources which we are currently addressing,” she said.

One of the biggest challanges in the clusted were the crime hot-spots that did not have police stations, which are closer, such as Samora Machel and Browns Farm.

We will be placing mobile stations in such areas as a temporary measure. We are working towards a more permanent solution,” she said.

According to Nyanga Saps, during the operation from 8 September to the eight of this month 182 people were apprehended.

“About 113 were apprehended for drugs, 10 for possession of illegal firearms and 59 were for various crimes.

98 others were caught during tracing operations,” said Nyanga police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

She also added that they had seized 609 rolls of dagga, 42 parcels of dagga, 62 tik straws, eight bunches of khat, 10 firearms, 24 rounds of ammunition, 208kg of copper as well as recovered six stolen vehicles.

Sotyu also visited some the homes of the three men that were killed during a tavern shooting in KTC on Saturday night.

One of the men was a former local ANCYL leader Ndonda Ngemntu, who went to the tavern to watch the Springboks play New Zealand on Saturday.

A nine year old boy was also injured after he was hit by a stray bullet during the shooting carnage in the tavern.

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