New police campaign to monitor crime ‘hot spots’

2011-04-04 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG police launched “Operation Meet the People” at Alexandra Road police station on Friday to instill some sense of security to the public.

Cluster commander Major-General Parbathie Maharaj said the campaign is a collective approach by the police, together with Msunduzi municipality and the road traffic inspectorate (RTI).

Among other offences to be monitored are the illegal connections of electricity and compliance with the existing municipal and traffic laws.

Addressing the police before going into various crime “hot spots” around the city and its surroundings, Maharaj warned rogue police that the time to waste state resources has come to an end and everyone is expected to pull their weight in fighting crime.

“… Unfortunately we have few rotten eggs that make our profession look bad. We need to hunt down those low-ranking officers who are in cahoots with top ranking officers doing crime. For you constables that might seem to be a gateway to heaven but in reality it might be your gateway to hell. Foreign countries are devastated by tsunamis and earthquakes and our own tsunami in SA is crime and only we the police can save the citizens from that tsunami,” said Maharaj.

After the briefing, about 50 marked police vehicles including minibuses combies travelled out to France where spaza shops and vehicles on the road were searched for compliance with the law.

However, the convoy did not penetrate the area, but instead made a U-turn less than half way to the centre of the township and headed for various crime “hot spots” in town including number 50 Durban Road near Nedbank Centre, the Beer Hall, Manchester Road and Copesville.

France resident Mafuhlela Zondi said the police convoy into the area was a circus and a joke.

“Our area is in the news for all the wrong reasons. If a woman is not raped someone is mugged or even worse, mugged and murdered. These crimes happen at night and when they do the police are nowhere to be seen until they are called. What do they expect to achieve by coming here in broad daylight with all these vehicles? They must come here at night and go into all the corners of the township because the youth is problematic especially those who smoke whoonga,” said Mafuhlela.

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