Police tour city area with crime fighting hints

2016-11-04 10:35
Police officers (from left) Warrant Officer Michael Carelse, Constable Siphelele Ngcamu, Major-General Phumelele Makoba, Constable Mohsin Ebrahim, Constable Shaheeda Kalik and Sergeant Lindani Zondi. The officers were part of a police motorcade that served as a crime awareness campaign on Thursday.

Police officers (from left) Warrant Officer Michael Carelse, Constable Siphelele Ngcamu, Major-General Phumelele Makoba, Constable Mohsin Ebrahim, Constable Shaheeda Kalik and Sergeant Lindani Zondi. The officers were part of a police motorcade that served as a crime awareness campaign on Thursday. (Thabang Mathebula)

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In a bid to create awareness around the expected festive season crime spike, Pietermaritzburg police held a grand motorcade on Thursday, patrolling the streets most affected by crime.

Officers from the uMgungundlovu South police cluster — with the support of local businesses, Community Policing Forums, private security and municipal security officials — started their crime prevention campaign at the Alexandra police station on Thursday.

The convoy, which consisted of dozens of vehicles, drove to several different police stations where crime is said to be problematic before heading back into Pietermaritzburg.

The campaign extended to Richmond, Taylor’s Halt, Plessislaer and the Pietermaritzburg CBD.

Officers addressed members of the public at each precinct, urging them to be vigilant and follow practical safety measures.

The campaign came to its final stop at the Bessie Head Library in the Pietermaritzburg CBD, where police cluster commander Major-General Phumelele Makoba urged people who had gathered around the convoy to work with police in combatting crime.

“Most of these criminals are known in the community and yet their crimes are not reported,” Makoba said.

She said her officers were more than ready to fight crime this festive season.

After an Ixopo police officer was shot and killed during a robbery earlier this week, Makoba ordered her officers to use bulletproof vests and other safety equipment to minimise the chances of harm should a shootout occur.

“How can you protect the community if you fail to protect yourselves?” asked Makoba.

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