Johannesburg beefs up law enforcement

2012-07-24 21:49

Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg will deploy 1 300 law enforcers in all wards as part of a new approach of visible, ward-based law enforcement, mayor Parks Tau said on Tuesday.

The law enforcers would include metro police, community policing representatives, traffic policemen, and by-law officials.

"The officers will include representatives from various stakeholders who will also be tasked with improving the quality of life," he said.

Tau was speaking at the launch of a programme to improve law enforcement and the quality of services across the city.

The programme has an underlying theme of Joburg 2040 - the city's Growth and Development Strategy - which was adopted in 2011.

Tau said the objective was to reduce crime and improve by-law enforcement and traffic management.

"It will at the same time engage in proactive policing through improving community relations," he said.

"This will be done through [a] focused, information-driven and partnership-based approach."

Tau said the city was committed to rooting out corruption.

  • adam.gardener.12 - 2012-07-24 22:04

    Does this mean we have to carry more bribe money?.

      boer.afrikaner - 2012-07-25 02:16

      My advice is to carry a cell phone with you at al times so you can video these corrupt cops and expose them to the world on facebook ect.

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-25 07:18

      foremind --off course you are right but have you seen the latest that somebody in government has changed the constitution? -- and the government officials with speeding fines are now exempt and above the law. The fines have all been written off and it is stated that they are allowed to speed. If the president okay'd this then it means he has broken his sworn pledge as to ensure that the law in SA is upheld etc. Me and you will spend a long time in jail if we don't pay our fines. The constitution has failed us. They might just as well scrap the constitution and tell all it is now every one for himself. And by the way, Adam was probably just being a little bit sarcastic.

  • fafpetzer - 2012-07-24 22:12

    This is awesome, coming from PE and seeing the difference community watch made is great! I believe this would work if everyone works together in fighting crime

      Arnotte Payne - 2012-07-24 22:19

      pls email sum details on that community safety watch program

  • John - 2012-07-24 22:12

    As long as they do not become bribe taking thugs as we currently have. Time will tell. History tends to repeat itself. Who is training these OFFICERS?

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-24 22:21

    Then why couldn't Mitchell's plain get more police (which is run by the national police service not locally by the Western Cape)? There is a war going on there, oh, sorry, not ANC run, don't help the opposition and F*@k the people...

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-07-24 23:44

    There is no use to deploy thousands or millions of law enforcers in da the city or the country. ANC just pay the police officers as you always promising them to give them reasonable salary while you seek votes. Then crime it will end. If they are still earning R20 and getting another R20 for bribery... crime it always goes on up.

  • tshidi.moumakwe - 2012-07-25 06:10

    good luck anc with the new programme of reinforcing and spreading corruption across the city. This is what we must expect.

  • tshidi.moumakwe - 2012-07-25 06:10

    good luck anc with the new programme of reinforcing and spreading corruption across the city. This is what we must expect.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-25 07:36

    allow me to comment...hahahahahahahahahahahaha hahaha hahahahahahaha parks its not gonna help at all, you just released 1300 criminals onto the streets, wtf is a community policing rep gonna do? or a traffic cop, we need proper police parks, not camera jockeys or cpf reps, seriously, smoke and mirrors my son

  • luca.delbianco.3 - 2012-07-25 08:43

    The article mentions that "by-law officials" will be also be deployed. Any other details on this deployment as these "officers" are not in theory either metro police, community policing representatives and traffic cops.

  • sean.murphy.165 - 2012-07-25 11:47

    In other words, they are going to man more speed traps. More money to fund the councillers credit cards.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-25 12:00

    eeeiiissshhhhh................1,300 new appointees wanting to cash in on bribes ?????

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