Police want billboard of baddies

2011-09-25 22:35
Mbombela - The South African Police Service is planning to publish the names and faces of 247 000 most wanted criminals on billboards along highways.

Police commissioner General Bheki Cele told journalists at the launch of the Police Music and Cultural Association National Unity Festival in Mpumalanga that the billboards would lead to speedy arrests.

“With their names and faces displayed on the billboards, their wives, girlfriends, relatives and even community members will be able to identify them and there will be no place for them to hide,” he said at the launch in KaNyamazane outside Mbombela.

He said the billboard project was already underway.

“We will ensure these billboards are found on every freeway or street corner in the country.

“We want the criminals to have nowhere to hide as everybody will know who they are,” he said.

Cele said the new elite police unit, the Tracking Team, whose members are drawn from the Special Task Force and Crime Intelligence, was searching for 55 ATM bombing suspects.

Five suspects have already been arrested in connection with robbing a casino of R2m.

Cele said the Tracking Team was more specialised than other police. He said members were super fit and trained by the US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The unit would be deployed to all nine provinces before the festive season.

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