Top cops break silence on KZN crime 'crisis'

2015-07-21 12:51
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal police have broken their silence on a crime “crisis” crippling the sought-after suburb of Westville, saying police commanders in the area were in the process of addressing the issues facing the Westville Police Station.

Westville CPF Chair Mike Myers last week told of how the area station was hamstrung by a leadership vacuum and that morale was at an all-time low.

With an under-resourced and under-motivated police force, crime had flourished with a spate of violent armed robberies.

This was highlighted by the brutal slaying of prominent businessman Yashin Bagwandeen last week. He died in a hail of gunfire exchange between himself and a gang of home invaders while trying to protect his family.

String of armed robberies

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that police commanders were in the process of addressing the issues facing the Westville Police Station, and the seemingly out-of-control string of armed robberies.

“I spoke to the Cluster Commander, and he has indicated that he met with the Westville CPF's Mike Myers last week.

“He indicated to Mr Myers that the post of Westville Station commander has been advertised recently and should be filled shortly. The Cluster Commander also outlined plans to fight crime in Westville together with the community,” Naicker said.

“He has appealed to the CPF to continue supporting our police officers to fight crime and especially in making the community more aware of the spate of robberies in the area."

Naicker said the Cluster Commander has indicated they do have strategies in place to deal with the situation.

This includes increased patrols, rallying the community to become more involved as well as profiling arrested suspects.

“Crime intelligence is also working hard to gather intelligence of suspects who might be involved in these robberies. Westville police are appealing to the community to report any suspicious activities and unknown or strange people or vehicles to them immediately so that they can be more proactive,” Naicker said. 

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