Nyanga to get boost in police numbers - Sotyu

2015-10-27 17:59
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Cape Town – The Nyanga police cluster will get over 100 new officers and satellite police stations in a bid to curb the high crime rate in the area, dubbed the country's murder capital.

The cluster was listed as one of the hotspots, with the most reported murders in the latest crime statistics, which were released in Parliament recently.

In an effort to deal with the high crime rate in the area, the cluster would receive the biggest portion of recently re-enlisted police officers, according to Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu.

She said the department had embarked on a re-enlisting drive after a call for more resources and police from the cluster.

"As a result of that, we embarked on the re-enlistment of police officers who had left the service and felt that they needed to come back.

"Of the number of officers that were accepted back into the service, we decided that 100 of those will be assigned to this area," Sotyu said.

She said the Nyanga cluster would also benefit from a crop of newly graduated students.

"Of the students who will be graduating, we will also give this province a big number to help deal with crime."

Sotyu said they would be erecting a number of satellite stations in the area, while the South African Police Service worked on building more permanent stations.

Areas, such as Siphumelele in Nyanga, could have mobile police stations within the next two weeks, Sotyu said.

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