Kudos to Cele for crime crackdown

2010-11-06 13:40

If the police crackdown on crime in hot spots such as Hillbrow, the Johannesburg CBD, Tembisa and Sunnyside in Pretoria is ­anything to go by, criminals will run, but they won’t have anywhere to hide.

General Bheki Cele will find them.

Cele, together with his boss, police minister Nathi Mthethwa, and Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros this week began a major drive ahead of the festive season to reclaim the streets from criminals and make South Africans feel safe in their homes and on the streets.

Their efforts must not only be applauded, but supported by each one of us to ensure a crime-free South Africa. The signs are already there that the war against crime will be won. Several wanted criminals have been nabbed in hijacked buildings in Hillbrow and the Johannesburg CBD.

For police to take the battle to the criminals and win, they need community support.

It’s time South Africans stopped seeing cops as an extension of the apartheid regime. But for communities to feel free to cooperate with the police, Cele and his top brass need to rid the force of rogue cops who run with the foxes and hunt with the hounds.

Well done to Cele and his team for their festive season plans. We want to feel safe in our country.

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