KZN community crime fighting project lives to fight another day

2015-09-29 21:46
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Durban - A specialised crime fighting project in Pietermaritzburg that was meant to be shut down will live to fight another day, the KZN provincial police commissioner said on Tuesday.

The Witness newspaper previously reported that there were calls for the Combined Action Team (CAT) project to be shut down after heated debates between local police management over the past two weeks.

The paper reported that sources revealed an internal power struggle between Brigadier Francis Bantham and Major-General Lucas Ngobeni. The struggle was apparently over the availability of CAT in their areas. Bantham and Ngobeni each hold the commanding positions in Pietermaritzburg's two clusters.

Now, provincial commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni, who is also Lucas Ngobeni's wife, has said the project should continue to address the high rate of crime in police precincts within the Umgungundlovu district.

The paper reported that sources said Bantham had fought for the continuation of the project, while Lucas Ngobeni had wanted it shut down.

"The project will be managed from the office of the provincial commissioner under the command of the visible policing component at provincial head office," police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said.

"Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni felt the project has been highly successful in combating crime in Pietermaritzburg and should continue operating in the Umgungundlovu area."

In eight months, the team - made up mostly of police officers - recovered more than R10m worth of stolen goods.

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