Cape cops broke trust in community - MEC

2014-11-19 18:47

The Cape Town mob justice attack in plain sight of police officers who stood idly by has broken the trust between communities and the SAPS, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says.

Cape cop gunned down during investigation

2014-10-17 08:34

A police officer has been killed during an investigation in Khayelitsha, Western Cape.

Grabouw violence organised guerilla-style - MEC

2014-09-16 17:54

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has described the rioting, stone throwing and violence in Grabouw as organised guerilla-type tactics.

Sapu's Xhosa complaint premature - MEC

2014-08-28 05:00

Complaints over a recommendation that Cape Town police officers should speak Xhosa are premature, Western Cape community Safety MEC Dan Plato says.

Plato: Sassa needs security upgrade

2014-06-01 18:53

The SA Social Security Agency should immediately increase security services at all its paypoints, community safety MEC Dan Plato has said.

Plato: Probe police for detaining journo

2014-02-06 18:24

Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato has asked the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to probe police for reportedly detaining a journalist and threatening him.

Western Cape MEC applauds rape arrest

2014-01-20 14:23

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says members of the Delft community, outside Cape Town, who helped police arrest the suspected rapist of a 9-year-old girl should be applauded.

Cop killings 'can't be tolerated'

2013-10-17 13:53

Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato has condemned the killing of two police officers during an operation in Cape Town, saying such "senseless violence" cannot be tolerated.

Western Cape pleads for gang unit

2013-10-09 20:59

The creation of a specialised gang unit for the Free State should set an example for the Western Cape, the province's Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says.

Cop killed in hit at Cape Town home

2013-07-30 07:10

Another policeman was shot dead at his home in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, after two men knocked at his door and asked for him.

DA, ANC trade accusations of gangster links

2013-07-26 13:29

The Democratic Alliance and the ANC traded accusations in the Western Cape legislature about who has links to gangsters in the province.

Outrage as blind busker dragged away

2013-07-09 09:05

An incident in which a blind busker was forcefully removed from St George's Mall in central Cape Town is to be investigated.

Bill will improve police oversight

2013-03-28 22:31

The community safety bill recently passed in the Western Cape legislature will improve oversight of police, an official says.

Further delay in police commission case

2013-03-26 22:34

An application to force Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and three others to hand over documents in the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry court matter has been postponed.

Another Western Cape teen murdered

2013-02-11 11:34

The body of a 19-year-old Cape Town teenager has been found under a bed, and a 21-year-old man who was known to her has been arrested, according to a report.

Zille's De Doorns visit disrupted

2012-11-08 15:58

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has left De Doorns after a small crowd of people became rowdy during her walkabout in the protest-hit area.

Cop shooting a 'heinous act'

2012-10-17 18:30

The shooting of another police officer in Cape Town was a "heinous act" and would not be tolerated, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says.

MEC: Corrupt cops report not ignored

2012-07-25 21:36

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato did not ignore a report sent to him about corrupt police officers, his spokesperson says.

Drug crimes affect Western Cape most

2012-07-04 20:32

Drug offences head the list of crimes affecting Western Cape communities, the provincial community safety department said on Wednesday.

CT police stations get special attention

2012-06-30 09:05

Twenty-two police stations which receive over half of the Western Cape's crime reports will get special attention, provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says.

Top cops being paid by gangs - Plato

2012-02-03 10:49

High ranking police officers are on the payrolls of drug lords and underworld figures in the Western Cape, says community safety MEC Dan Plato.

Cops clamp down on drunk drivers

2011-08-01 10:33

Sixteen people have been arrested for drunk driving in the Western Cape, the department of community safety says.

Dan Plato becomes an MEC

2011-05-30 12:44

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has announced that former Cape Town mayor Dan Plato is the province's new MEC for community safety.

Mayor offers condolences after fatal fire

2011-03-23 10:32

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato has extended his condolences after nine people died in a house fire in Macassar, saying he will visit the scene to offer support.

Zille blamed for Hout Bay violence

2010-10-04 08:34

Hundreds of residents of Hangberg in Hout Bay have protested against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, holding her personally responsible for the recent violence in the area.


MEC welcomes arrest of corrupt cops

2014-11-07 16:01

The arrests of nine policemen from Parow, in Cape Town, and a former employee of the police station on corruption charges has been welcomed by Community Safety MEC Dan Plato.

Western Cape to release monthly crime stats

2014-09-21 17:37

Crime statistics for the Western Cape will be released on a monthly basis, the province's community safety MEC Dan Plato says.

Task teams set up for Khayelitsha

2014-09-15 13:38

Task teams are to be set up in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, to deal with youth gangs and unlicensed liquor outlets, the Western Cape community safety department says.

Plato questions Phiyega's gang plan

2014-08-05 21:04

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato wants clarity on police commissioner Riah Phiyega's plan to combat gang-related crimes.

Cape Town cops suspended over attack

2014-03-07 18:25

The police officers who allegedly kicked and punched a naked man in Cape Town will be suspended pending an investigation.

Man in court for raping girl, setting her alight

2014-01-21 07:23

A 27-year-old man accused of raping a 9-year-old girl then setting her alight will appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court.

Policing unaffected by Phiyega allegations - MEC

2013-10-29 15:09

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says police operations in the Western Cape are unaffected by corruption allegations against provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer.

Cops let mob beat up thief - claim

2013-10-15 09:43

Western Cape police are investigating allegations that police officers walked away while an angry mob was beating a man who stole two cellphones, according to a report.

R50 000 reward for arrest of cop killers

2013-08-04 22:05

A R50 000 award has been offered for information that will result in the arrest and prosecution of the killers of Western Cape police officers, the provincial community safety department says.

Mthethwa blames W Cape for cop killings

2013-07-29 17:22

Criticising the police service reinforces the idea that officers do not deserve respect, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says.

1 cop per 3 239 citizens on Cape Flats

2013-07-10 19:12

There is a shortage of police officers in Western Cape areas with a high murder rate, Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says.

MEC speaks out on policing bill paper

2013-07-05 22:33

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has raised his concerns about the government's green paper on policing.

Western Cape safety bill approved

2013-03-28 11:57

The majority of Western Cape MPLs voted in favour of the provincial community safety bill.

Rape a social issue, not political - Zille

2013-02-11 17:33

Trying to score political points from the murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen would be disrespectful to rape victims, DA leader Helen Zille says.

Probe paramedic's arrest - MEC

2013-01-24 15:30

Police officers who apparently manhandled a paramedic attending to a Franschhoek accident scene should be investigated, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says.

Zille's De Doorns visit disrupted

2012-11-08 15:58

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has left De Doorns after a small crowd of people became rowdy during her walkabout in the protest-hit area.

MEC: Special units needed for gangs

2012-09-05 19:25

Specialised police units are needed to combat gang crime on the Cape Flats, says Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato.

Researcher: Officials knew about corrupt cops

2012-07-25 13:02

A Cape Town criminologist who sent her study on corrupt police officers and gangsters to various officials is dismayed that no action had been taken.

W Cape residents reveal top crimes

2012-07-04 18:24

Substance abuse, home burglaries and common robbery are the crimes which affect most Western Cape communities, the provincial community safety department says.

Mthethwa to challenge Western Cape bill

2012-06-05 17:33

The proposed Western Cape community safety bill clashed with the Constitution, the police ministry says.

W Cape seeks return of special units

2011-11-22 19:10

The Western Cape government's legislature has come out in support of the reinstatement of specialised drug and gang units by the police.

SA Roadlink bus impounded

2011-07-27 12:54

An SA Roadlink bus has been impounded near Beaufort West for being unroadworthy, Western Cape officials say.

1 460 houses to be built in Happy Valley

2011-05-10 20:34

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato says a housing project in Cape Town is expected to provide about 1 460 dwellings.

20 year waiting list for houses

2010-11-15 08:19

People who are currently on waiting lists for houses in Cape Town will stay on those lists for another 15 to 20 years unless new solutions are found.

Hout Bay tense as protesters block road

2010-09-21 09:24

Police have fired rubber bullets at Hout Bay residents who have barricaded roads to protest against attempts to dismantle illegal structures.

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