Gauteng wants more 'impimpis'

2011-03-31 19:14

Johannesburg - The Gauteng government wants to make more use of "impimpis" or police informants to catch criminals selling stolen goods, community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko said on Thursday.

"In the apartheid days, the police used to use impimpis to catch activisits," Mazibuko said at a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"We want those impimpis to help us fight this scourge of people who are stealing goods and selling them," she said.

"You will be arrested if you got a second-hand something that you can’t even present a receipt for.

"We are going to monitor each and every detective in Gauteng to make sure they have at least four registered informers."

Mazibuko, who was speaking after a meeting between the police and the Gauteng government, said the police in the province would also focus on scrapyards selling stolen cables, manhole and pipes.

"People are after these pipes we find in hostels," she said.

"In Midvaal, the whole block of one street, the water meters were stolen.

"In Diepkloof, almost every two months the lights outside of people's homes are stolen or vandalised.

"It shows there is a syndicate out there that is buying these lights. It shows there is a market for these things."

Mazibuko urged people in the province, which contributes 50% of South Africa’s crime, to take back their neighbourhoods from criminals.

"We can't be a population of 11 million, but we are being terrorised by a few people.

"Let’s protect ourselves by participating in Community Police Forums and the community patrol movement. We can’t sit and fold our arms while we are being terrorised."

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said at the briefing that the police were going to take a hard line on people who were in the possession of stolen goods.

"We need to be in position to stop the market," he said.

"We will arrest you if you are in possession of a stolen phone. If you drive a BMW and didn’t buy it from BMW, we will lock you up."

Petros said that 256 police officials had been arrested for corruption in Gauteng since September.

Corrupt police were involved in all types of crime, he said.

"If you talk hijacking of buildings, they are there, drugs, they are there. You name it they are there."

He said the police’s strategy of "taking back" the Johannesburg city centre was "on track".

"How will it look like in Gauteng when it is safe. My measure where I am is when I can see big business coming back an investing in city centre. Then we will be safe."

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the provincial government was looking at banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

"The proliferation of liquor outlets is [the] number [one] generator of crime," she said.

"We want to say bottle stores must close off on Sunday. Let’s have a break. Go to church or go to a jazz club and so on.

"It [the sale of alcohol on Sundays] is killing the moral fibre of our society.

"We have to make sure we balance your economic growth against the decay of our communities."

  • Grant - 2011-03-31 19:24

    Can anyone spell 'elections' and 'spin doctor' I wish I could be less cynical and actually believe what I'm reading but history unfortunately dictates otherwise.

      Sheda Hab - 2011-04-01 08:17

      I agree Grant. They always bring the apartheid thing in near election. "In the apartheid days, the police used to use impimpis to catch activisits," Mazibuko said. Well apartheid didn't work & it is dead so what makes them think "impimpis" will work now if they didn't work then. What a bunch of tossers. The history of the world goes back thousands of years and all our leaders can do is go back 30 years for knowledge. Bunch of gangstas. WE ALL KNOW IT IS AN EXSCUSE TO GET CASH AND PRETEND IT WAS USED ON AN INFORMANT WHEN IN ACTUAL FACT IT IS GOING STRAIGHT TO THE COPS POCKET.

      Jo - 2011-04-01 11:40

      Weirdly, I can see Gauteng getting this right if the will is there to do it. And, if they get this right, I'd be happy to go back there and start up a viable concern. I miss Jo'burg's energy and multiracial, multicultural vibe - the only thing that has thoroughly spoilt it is the danger.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-31 19:30

    The impimpis are sitting in parlaiment!

  • jouplesier - 2011-03-31 19:56

    i doubt informants will help when you have corrupt fact, crime is bound to get worse if the corrupt police know who does what... we already have one of the biggest police forces per capita, yet still one of the highest crime rates....dont you think its time to look at a different strategy than just adding numbers to your game?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-31 21:17

    "If you drive a BMW and didn’t buy it from BMW, we will lock you up." Oops! I bought mine from a private guy.

      Jo - 2011-04-01 11:41

      guess you have the proper paperwork, though...

  • Jackpackage - 2011-03-31 21:17

    Sure, lets get more informants tipping the cops off about crime and other illegal activities. Doesn't change the fact that corruption and bribery will hinder any positive progress from that...

  • Monica - 2011-03-31 22:08

    What I do not understand: If you commit a crime, you go to jail without still getting a package after you screwed up your department and sit at home earning a salary. You have to find an island for these criminals; remove them from society.

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-31 23:50

    START TOMORROW BY THROWING ALL THE ZUMA'S and their league of criminal indians INTO JAIL, and the rest while improve almost immediately.

  • alfred - 2011-04-01 01:45

    Oh my God, I'm dumbstruck!!! "In the apartheid days, the police used to use impimpis to catch activisits..." Moving from a police state to, well, a police state.

      Stuartthom - 2011-04-01 06:53

      in Africa its the only way - exploit the indigenous populations greed to get on top of crime

      Jo - 2011-04-01 11:42

      all good police services use informants, Alfred. Maybe the spokesperson was putting it in a way that all could understand?

  • Shadoz - 2011-04-01 06:53

    This is short for "we are useless and we cannot do our jobs will the people who pay us to do the jobs do it for us?" or "maybe if we focus on the small crimes nobody will notice us stealing and underhanding the rest of the countries money"

  • Badballie - 2011-04-01 07:30

    This will never happen unless the "impimpi" are all ANC cadre, think of the chaos that would ensue when over half of the active ANC mp's and government workers not to mention 90% of the police force get arrested? The biggest criminals in this country are in the government

  • Bonzer - 2011-04-01 08:28

    Hahahaha that is funny well done.....what, oh it's not an April Fool joke? Oops sorry my mistake.

  • Mathekga - 2011-04-01 08:57

    the only way to get this right is to have watch dogs for every police station, those will work with informars, the system of "Impimpis" is working, those people need protection.

  • Maru - 2011-04-01 08:58

    This is definitely an April fool story!

  • jaycee - 2011-04-01 09:53

    "Impimpis" and genuine police informers are two different things. And with the proven bad caliber of people in the Gauteng police force, this action will certainly mean the police will be in cahoots with the impimpi's, and will not use information received to fight crime.

  • Gerhard - 2011-04-01 09:57

    In a recent survey they found that SA has the most effective police force in the world. In 85% of the crimes committed they were already on the scene ...

  • Brett Scheepers - 2011-04-01 10:41

    In the old days an impimpy was given a necklace make from a car tyre and petrol.....what will they get now?

  • Cynical Sci - 2011-04-01 10:58

    Hmm, is this the April 1st story perhaps?

      Jo - 2011-04-01 11:43

      Could very well be - but if so, it's a really cruel joke...

  • Virginia - 2011-04-01 14:36

    Dear Faith, you are really going to have to start at the top, this is where it all starts. People out there think they can do as they please because the Police are easily paid off and we have no laws as long as they are stealing from the right citizens its okay they are only taking what belongs to them?,and the same thing is happening in Government circles. You have to make a clean break and let the citizens know you mean business.

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