Police launch successful operations in crime-ridden Philippi

2017-01-19 06:01
Colonel Vuyisile Payi is the new Station Commander of Philippi-East. PHOTO: saps

Colonel Vuyisile Payi is the new Station Commander of Philippi-East. PHOTO: saps

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Colonel Vuyisile Payi has taken office as a Station Commander of Philippi-East at the right time.

Community anger was on the edge because of crime in the area, but two months in the driving seat, Payi’s strategy of community and stakeholder engagement has paid off.

Crime curbing initiatives in the area will sure yield good results.

By mid-November 2016, and just a week after Payi was sworn in, two police officers were gunned down in Acacia Park, with one fatally wounded and the other receiving serious injuries from the shots.

One suspect was arrested and is facing prosecution.

On December 09, 2016, the community of Lower Crossroads descended on the police station in full anger, and handed over a memorandum containing a list of demands, among which the deployment of police vehicles was a priority.

They also demanded proper police behaviour and service delivery.

Colonel Payi and his management team immediately attended to the demands.

During festive season Colonel Payi deployed the Public Order Police (POPS), Tactical Response Team (TRT), Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) and new constables from the Philippi Police College to the area, and true to the spirit several operations were conducted whereby 222 suspects were arrested for various crimes.

early in January, Colonel Payi met with community leaders and the larger community.

Then on January 06, he again met with hundreds of Acacia Park residents, who were complaining about brazen robberies and drug merchants in the area.

On January 06 at 19:00, he met with about 150 community members of Never Never informal settlement, who complained of the rampant abuse of alcohol, which led to domestic violence and robberies.

Then on January 12, at 18:00, Major General Memela, Colonel Payi and Philippi-East Management team held a feedback meeting with Lower Crossroads community leaders, regarding the earlier memorandum.

Hotspots areas like Marikana informal settlement is in the sight of a sustained police raids before the end of the month.

These engagements with the community are a way forward to revive the local community structures in the greater fight against crime. Communities may contact Philippi-East SAPS 021-370 1900 for information.

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