Suspects bump into Cele

2007-12-15 00:00

Four men chose the wrong time to commit crimes in Warwick Avenue yesterday as immediately after being apprehended by police, they had to face the wrath of KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Bheki Cele.

The men, two alleged to have committed a robbery and the other two caught in possession of dagga, came face to face with Cele, who was involved in a crime prevention awareness campaign that preceded the launch of the festive season safety plans.

While Cele reprimanded the men before they were taken to the Durban Central Police Station, one of the men who was arrested for dagga possession said he smoked dagga every day and would even stand up in court and admit it.

Cele then told the clearly drugged man that he spoke too much and ordered that the men be detained immediately.

Cele continued his walk in Warwick Avenue and spoke to the public, who voiced complaints as well as appreciation for his effort to stop crime in the area.

Later Cele launched the festive safety plan that was devised about two months ago.

More than 10 000 members of security agencies will be deployed in the province to deal with crowd management resulting from the influx of tourists, visitors and migrant workers.

“Intensive air, foot, vehicle, motorbike and horse patrols will be undertaken at the various centres expecting an influx of tourists, and rapid response teams will be placed at strategic places to deal with any kind of situations,” Cele said.

He added that security will be beefed up at tourist destinations such as high risk shopping centres and casinos.

“The Golden Mile on Durban’s beachfront has been identified as an area where there will be a hive of activity and to this end we will intervene with additional deployments. The CCTV camera is playing an increasing role in terms of identifying perpetrators and providing tactical information to members on the ground,” Cele explained.

Two mobile operations’ centres have been set up in Durban Central and Msinga to assist.

“The technology of the SAPS and Road Traffic Inspectorate will contribute significantly by arresting those … wanted for … crimes as well as traffic offences. At all major roadblocks the Morpho and Mobile connectivity device will be deployed to search for wanted persons,” Cele said.

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