Drive-by shootings: MEC to visit area

2012-03-13 10:33
Johannesburg - Gauteng community safety MEC Nonhlanhla Mazibuko will visit Reiger Park on the East Rand to address crime problems in the area, her department said on Tuesday.

"We are also trying to play our role to make sure that there are programmes that the department can come up with to help police in the fight against crime," said spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa.

"She said she is going there to try and encourage the community to participate, to add value to the crime reduction in the area."

Drive-by shootings

The visit comes after a man was shot dead in Reiger Park on Sunday night, bringing to three the number of men fatally wounded in drive-by-shootings in the area.

Moiloa said Reiger Park had been plagued with incidents of gang and drug-related violence.

He said Mazibuko had met with the community twice in February to try to assist it in reviving its Community Policing Forum.

"There were only two people working there [in the CPF] and their term of office had expired."

Following the meeting the MEC had also given the community a month to come up with programmes that could address the problems of unemployment.

School searches to root out drugs in schools would also continue.

"We've said 'let's not do this as a once-off'."

The date of Mazibuko's visit was yet to be determined, said Moiloa.

Police said on Tuesday the motive for the three murders was still being established.

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