Decrease in gang murders

2017-11-01 06:01

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DESPITE the decrease in gang murders in Nelson Mandela Bay, the spate of gang violence is still totally unacceptable, according to the NMB municipality member of the mayoral committee for Safety and Security, Councillor John Best.

This after the recent release of the 2016/2017 annual crime statistics which showed a decrease in gang murders in the metro.

“The metro police have established a solid working relationship with the South African Police Service (SAPS), in support of clamping down on violent crime and gangsterism, but more still needs to be done,” Best said.

He added that weekly meetings with the SAPS were being held to determine the alterations in terms of the progress plan that was sub­mitted.

“One of the focus areas is naturally gang violence and we have deployed our staff in the two areas concerned, namely Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale and they have been on their feet patrolling these areas.

“So, I do believe that this has had a positive influence.”

In a statement released last week, NMB Executive Mayor Athol Trollip said that while the road ahead remained a challenge, it was clear that the municipality’s strong stance on crime was bearing fruit, adding that this was a triumph for safety and security in the city with the one-year-old metro police service having had a direct tangible impact. “One shooting is still one too many, especially considering the consequences to innocent bystanders,” he said.

“Our law enforcement efforts will continue to improve, as must our intervention operations,” Trollip added.

“The recent appointment of Brigadier Keith Meyer, a seasoned senior police officer, to the position of ED: Safety and Security, is yet another critical step to combat the scourge of gangsterism and violent crime in our city.”

“Our coalition government’s urgent appeal to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to build an additional SAPS station and to deploy additional SAPS resources in the metro remains a priority.

“We are working towards our mission of building a safe city and we will not be deterred from this,” Trollip said.

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