Crime in KwaDukuza drops considerably

2013-12-06 00:00

THERE has been a considerable decrease in crime in KwaDukuza since the small town’s mayor Ricardo Mthembu vowed to clamp down on vagrancy.

Yesterday, Mthembu told The Witness that in the past three weeks, police have managed to arrest several criminals doing all forms of crime.

“This shows our seriousness in bringing the level of crime down.”

He said he was working with structures such as community safety forums to intensify the Operation Khuculula (to clean) during the festive season and beyond.

“This in an attempt to get rid of the vagrants, close down abandoned buildings and to protect the town’s citizens.”

The mayor could not confirm whether or not there were any hair snatchers among those vagrants put behind bars.

Previously The Witness had reported that the mayor had turned his focus on abandoned buildings in the town, after noting that vagrants had been operating from them and going around the city centre hacking off young women’s hair.

Mthembu was prompted to action after reports that young women were afraid to walk through the CBD amid reports of thieves stealing the hair of unsuspecting victims.

It is believed that the thieves — much like their chain-snatching counterparts also operating in the town — roam the streets with scissors and looking for hair to cut off and sell on the black market.

The mayor said people had been very supportive of the campaign.

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