Info sought in stabbing of tourist

2019-05-07 06:00

City of Cape Town mayor, Dan Plato has called on the public to come forward with information after a stabbing incident in Chiappini Street last Tuesday.

“While police pursue the suspect involved in the brazen stabbing that took place earlier this week, anyone who may have information must please come forward and assist authorities in tracking down the suspect,” says Plato.

He adds this incident also shows the valuable role that surveillance technology plays in crime as the suspect was caught on one of the City’s closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and his image has been widely shared.

“This footage will assist the police in arresting the suspect and I am sure that the public will be on the look-out for the suspect and help the authorities arrest the man. Such criminal acts take place when the perpetrators believe there are no consequences for their actions and we can never allow that to be the case,” Plato adds.

He praised residents for acting with urgency to help the victim after the incident.

“CCTV cameras are a significant help to law enforcement agencies and make apprehending suspects less time-consuming.

The safety of our residents and our visitors is critically important and that is why the City has a network of 1 600 cameras, one of the largest on the continent to support law enforcement efforts,” explains Plato.

Between December last year and February, CCTV cameras detected 1 512 incidents of a criminal nature.

Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith says CCTV cameras are an important tool to reduce crime in the city. “Ward councillors are encouraged to invest in CCTV cameras where crime hotspots are identified. The City’s CCTV cameras are monitored closely by staff trained to identify suspicious behaviour which facilitates proactive policing,” says Smith.

Dozens of new CCTV cameras are planned to be rolled out through ward allocation budgets.

For the current financial year, ward allocation projects within the City’s safety and security directorate amount to nearly R17m.

This includes the installation of CCTV and licence plate recognition cameras, communication equipment for neighbourhood watch organisations and extra personnel employed through the City’s Rent-a-Cop programme.

“As the mayor of Cape Town, I committed to putting more law enforcement on our streets and we have already started with the recently deployed 18 extra officers to the Central Business District (CBD), and the additional 100 being deployed to the areas of Bonteheuwel and Bishop Lavis later this month,” says Plato, adding the City’s law enforcement officers support the police as the primary law enforcement agency.

“Safety in all parts of Cape Town is important to me, and this is why we have allocated an additional R165m towards our safety efforts.

“We call on the police to arrest the suspect as soon as possible,” says Plato.


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