Cele vows to solve Diepsloot crime as Nhlanhla Lux joins protestors

Cele vows to solve Diepsloot crime as Nhlanhla Lux joins protestors

Police Minister Bheki Cele has reaffirmed his commitment to address the rot in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.

Nhlanhla Lux in Diepsloot April 2022

On Wednesday, Cele visited the area where he tried to quell tensions as community members protested over rising crime rates.

They accuse undocumented foreign nationals of being behind a spate in violence and serious crimes, including rape and murder.

The community also claims the local police station is not adequately equipped to handle cases.

Cele met with community leaders behind closed doors where he was joined by National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola, as well as Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko.

Speaking to media following the meeting, Cele vowed to address the community's long-standing grievances.

"What I will concede here is that we did not manage and sustain the project we had started. It is on that score that what we have announced here is that we are coming back Friday here to have a programme going forward 'how do we sustain things that we have agreed?'

"The national commissioner is here and he's bringing extra special units of TRT [tactical response teams], we're bring POP to be here, people from metro, we're bringing a special detective's team to deal with the outstanding and cold cases, in the next 24 hours we're bringing 16 more cars.

"But for those things to work, we'll have to work together with the community here," Cele said.

It's unclear for how long the additional resources will be deployed to the area.

"We'll have to discuss with the community that we'll permanently assess together with the structures here," Cele added.

Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux joined the disgruntled community following Cele's address.


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