Foot patrols to continue in Joburg CBD

2012-01-08 18:28

Johannesburg - Foot patrols in the Johannesburg central business district were to continue beyond the festive season, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Foot patrols would ensure quick responses to business and street robberies, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

"Other crimes including dealing in drugs, counterfeit goods, theft and municipality by-laws will be the main targets. Undercover police are in operation to identify criminals and intercept their projection plans."

Dlamini said foot patrols, introduced as part of the "Safer Festive Season" operations, were to be supported by vehicles patrolling at strategic places in the city centre.

In the past week foot patrollers arrested 26 people for armed robberies, two for hijacking, 87 for possession of drugs with a combined street value of R150 000 and three for burglary, he said.

Police also seized 11 handguns, 64 knives and 1 000 counterfeit DVDs and CDs.

Four unlicensed shebeens in a local hostel were closed down and police seized two chest freezers and liquor worth more than R10 000 in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.

Police would continue major operations, including stop and search, and major roadblocks on main routes and highways, until the end of the festive season, Dlamini said.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-08 20:04

    But Joburg CBD is generally a safe place. I say this because I have been commuting through that place since I was a little boy and I've never encounterd any trouble. I'm sure many people who go to Joburg CBD regularly can thumbs up what I'm saying

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 20:19

      Dream on. Grew up there - never been safe. Ever.

      Stirer - 2012-01-08 20:43

      You've "never encountered any trouble". I have seen assaults, robberies, cell phone snatches, smash & grabs, and I have been the victim of a hijack myself and been threatened and pick-pocketed. I put it to you, that you are lying.

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-08 20:52

      which Joburg are you talking about? And do you go there on a regular basis? You shouldn't talk about things you haven't seen

      Yar - 2012-01-08 20:59

      @ Zigzag The one just south of parktown. The one with the reputation for crime and grime. Which one are you talking about?

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-08 21:25

      You people are confusing Hillbrow with Joburg CBD. As I said, I've been going through that area ever since I was a pikinini so I know it better than most. Joburg CBD is the area from JewelCity/Absa HQ all the way up to Bank City overflowing to Newtown. These no crime there and not that many people live there, it's just a work place center - a Central Business District

      Yar - 2012-01-08 22:18

      No Seriously. Not Hillbrow, thats somewhere North East of the danger zone. It's even more dangerous than the CBD. Noted for plummeting household appliances. Town is dangerous. Maybe, Zigzag you are such a mean mother that even the thugs are scared of you.

      Sean - 2012-01-09 09:19

      Saksak, you are living a dream world!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy it while you can!

  • brianmacza - 2012-01-09 09:31

    Realistically, if you don't flash bling you're OK. I have been commuting through the JHB CBD on my motorcycle for the last 4 years and have had no issues other than the permanent taxi_blowing_red_light issues. I *do* know people who have been robbed/hijacked/assaulted - stuff happens if you don't take care. I don't think its any worse than other cities elsewhere in the world. I have friends in NYNY and they have similar issues there too. Their streets are more heavily policed though.

  • Sean - 2012-01-09 09:48

    why only "beyond the festive season"? this should be a permanent occurence all over the country a lot of people will feel a lot safer. The public travels by car even if means driving 100 m to the store closest to them as it was the case till only a few years ago till the "Hobbies" were removed from our sidewalks. What was the reason for retracting them in the first place, just to sit in the charge office and wat for the public to inundate the cgarge-office reporting muggings/rape/theft just to mention a few crimes. If this can be done over the festive season why not on a permanent basis. In stead of providing students with "basic driving training" during basic training courses and being a death trap on our roads, these students, when " graduating" could walk or utilize bicycles on the pavements/roads for at least their first year or so while allowing them sufficient time to go through obtain their driver's training the proper manner just like it is expected by the normal public. I am petrified to hear that there are are these students are trained how to drive during their basic training course - I feel that this is not the way to go. Yes, I this is a good start, but they should go through their learner's / driver's experience before even being employed in the first place, this would give them a head start and the training courses could concentrate on more serious training in other fields, not waisting time on driving lessons as part of their corriculum!

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-01-09 11:53

    Please ,please do something!!!! Whenever I buy fruit in the CBD ..The market around Loveday Street,The Foreign Vendors do not give me a chance to park!!!they Park their "chairs"" and sit on it and sell their goods which r on the pavement!Please contact me .I dont know what to do.I dont know the exact street but there are lots of stalls from Loveday strret westwards.

  • despinazoras - 2012-01-09 13:42

    Well done, SAPS! Hopefully we can keep this up throughout the year? It would be most welcome :)

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