Gauteng beefs up festive season security

2012-12-03 22:11

Johannesburg - About 3 000 patrollers will be deployed in Gauteng to work with the police over the festive season, the province's community safety department said on Monday.

"[They] will work with the police in areas where there is not sufficient policing to ensure safety," said spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa.

"They do not have the power to arrest, but have radios, and will always be in contact with the police."

Moiloa said the patrollers were the same people who usually conducted patrols at schools, in the city centre and in other areas, and had been trained to do so.

A shift list would be drawn up to ensure that their usual patrol areas would not be unmanned, he said.

They would be deployed in parks, shopping malls and at taxi and bus ranks until the first week of January.

Moiloa said the management of shopping malls had asked for them this year, after the project's success last year.

Launching the project in Soweto on Saturday, Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko told patrollers they would be paid a stipend.

"The stipend the patrollers will be provided with is in accordance with the regulations set by the expanded public works programme," she said.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-12-03 22:28

    Its not a bad idea,,but will these guys be armed?.. if not, its like going into a gun fight with a knife. These low life scumbags dont even for one second hesitate to shoot at police.

      brionyl.french - 2012-12-04 05:01

      with be be gun bullets! Cops are not armed these days criminals are.

  • Moagi Mohohlo - 2012-12-03 23:16

    Great idea. But why announce a set up such as this because would be offenders will just plan something parallel and actually succeed in their bad deeds? It is as good as giving a candidate sitting for an examination all the answers if you ask me! You would not tell a springbok you want to where you are hiding because it will just go and grace elsewhere. That is not the way to combat crime. you have to come in silent. I hope this is added to the secrecy bill?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-04 05:01

    Im sorry but the shopping centre need cops with big guns walking around and other patrolling not real cops as well.

  • Leonore Engelbrecht - 2012-12-04 07:00

    so why only deploy extras when, in their own words, there aren't enough police men to start off with? why not make them all police officers and have them deployed permanently?? crime is crime in march or december!

  • seep.mctavish - 2012-12-04 07:03

    Blind leading the corrupt.....instead of growing some balls, the useless government will spend money that could have been used on employing and TRAINING new and existing policemen. Investigate the company who is being used in this excercise and you will find some anc buffoon on the board. GUARANTEED.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-04 07:10

    Why only do this 'intensive operation' over the Festive Season! Crime happens all the year round.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-12-04 08:06

    The committed police reservists who are quilified to do this sort of work and carry guns are being used as security gaurd to watch over police stations. Then again these are the type of operation that one social worker would approve of!

  • tebo.go.5 - 2012-12-04 09:12

    as long as they leave us drinkers in peace and fight actual crime.

  • Anthony C. Onwudiegwu - 2012-12-04 09:55

    This only amounts to abuise and failour of the purpose for which the Metro Police was created. It is a clear indicatoin and prove of diverssion of the interest of fighting real street crime to embezzlement of taxpayers money. Go to the places where these crime watchers will be deployed and see police presence, and what their activities are. they are there only to extort money from shop owners and intimidate people while crime thrive unchecked.

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