Drive-by shootings: MEC to visit area

2012-03-13 10:33

Johannesburg - Gauteng community safety MEC Nonhlanhla Mazibuko will visit Reiger Park on the East Rand to address crime problems in the area, her department said on Tuesday.

"We are also trying to play our role to make sure that there are programmes that the department can come up with to help police in the fight against crime," said spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa.

"She said she is going there to try and encourage the community to participate, to add value to the crime reduction in the area."

Drive-by shootings

The visit comes after a man was shot dead in Reiger Park on Sunday night, bringing to three the number of men fatally wounded in drive-by-shootings in the area.

Moiloa said Reiger Park had been plagued with incidents of gang and drug-related violence.

He said Mazibuko had met with the community twice in February to try to assist it in reviving its Community Policing Forum.

"There were only two people working there [in the CPF] and their term of office had expired."

Following the meeting the MEC had also given the community a month to come up with programmes that could address the problems of unemployment.

School searches to root out drugs in schools would also continue.

"We've said 'let's not do this as a once-off'."

The date of Mazibuko's visit was yet to be determined, said Moiloa.

Police said on Tuesday the motive for the three murders was still being established.

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  • Youefoh - 2012-03-13 10:49

    Please do a drive by on this useless things in the area! If you see a black car with tinted windows and a blue light SHOOT IT!

      Willie - 2012-03-13 10:51

      Who you refering too are promoting violence at the comfort of your pc,think twice buddy

      Given - 2012-03-13 11:56

      Oh my word you are evil,a sperm of do u instigate such?u are a disgrace to south africans,no better than murderers,rapists ur lower than the lowest scum.ur the epitomy of what "son of the devil"i hope for everyones sake u dont have kids.nxm

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-03-13 11:00

    Here's an idea for our intrepid MEC. Why don't you start by supporting some of the CPF initiatives and give the cops a decent incentive to catch the gangsters instead of critisising the cops every time there is an incident in this area. No doubt you will be arriving in the area with the whole blue light circus with dozens of bodyguards and police officers in tow so that you can show them how important you are! (like they really care) Hows about creating some jobs in the area instead of allowing your corrupt officials to continue looting the national treasury. Your visit will not acheive anything.

      procold2 - 2012-03-13 11:12

      spot on dave,reiger park is now in the news there are plenty areas that need help in this regard, personally i dont give two hoots for the gangsters they can do drive by's on themselves until the second coming but its the innocent people that always seem to get caught in the cross fire, why only now does she want to get involved, i think just to make the public think she's doing somthing

      Althea - 2012-03-13 11:17

      Couldn’t agree more with you Dave, in most cases the community has their own neighbourhood watch forum who patrols in the street but then their life’s are in danger because they don't have firearms, why not give these community member the adequate training and equip them for this role they play and also an incentive. I think many people know exactly who all the gangs and gang leaders are but why would they say something at the cost of their own life’s because they know they can't even depend on the police for protection....It’s just sickening!

  • Dennis - 2012-03-13 11:04

    "MEC to visit area: Why........ to look for her dignity ?? Useless corrupt anc !!

      Given - 2012-03-13 12:00

      And if she doesnt go u ppl still complain. Lets just give advise as to what she needs to do when she gets there and what issues she must address like Dave.j said. Wise men dont thwart decisions without giving solutions.

  • Hermann - 2012-03-13 11:16

    Fat lot of help this is.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-13 11:56

    Quick response here from the MEC. What about the hundreds being killed in prodominantly lower socio-economic areas. Does this moron think these lives are worth more than the others?

      Mike - 2012-03-13 12:19

      Its purely because it made the news, if the drive by shootings were never publicised she wouldnt give a dam, same as when theres service protests, the mec doesnt give a cr@p and lives a nice cozy rich life untill the citizens go up in arms, then all of a sudden the mec is making promises and saying that people cannot live in such terrible conditions, but a year later nothing has been done and the protest's happen all over again. My advice, think before you vote, and thats not hinting at DA or ANC or any party, but tha fact is, if the current party running your ward id not living up to their promises, then its time to vote in a new party.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-03-13 12:40

    Is it not about time that the Government brought back the compulsory service and put these young men into the army, to learn discipline and how to control their wasted time. What a waste of lives when they could be learning to do something for their country, instead of filling up prisons and using up all our funds to keep them locked up.

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