Don’t be neutral on crime, pleads Gauteng’s new top cop

Don’t be neutral on crime, pleads Gauteng’s new top cop

Gauteng’s acting police commissioner Max Masha has appealed to residents not to ignore criminal activities, even if it’s committed by a close relative. 

Max Masha
Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile

He was speaking at the launch of the 2018 festive season crime prevention operations on Thursday.

The event was held at Westgate Mall.

“If we are chasing a criminal and he is hiding in a particular house and you neglect to tell us where he is hiding, and tomorrow the same criminal kills your brother or raped your mother? Would you be bold enough to tell your relatives you knew where he was hiding? I appeal to the community not to be neutral.”

ALSO READ: SAHRC: Health MEC to account for state of Gauteng hospitals


He said this year’s operations will extend to illegal mining and organised crime.

“Our scope will extend beyond drug and firearm supply lines or other identified commodities to fighting illicit mining, where illegal groupings are now fighting amongst each other. Our scope will also encompass organised aggravated robberies that include trio crimes, CIT robberies, and ATM bombings.”


He said police was working alongside Business Against Crime to monitor cash movements in an effort to combat cash-in-transit robberies. 


 Masha who was appointed after the recent retirement of Deliwe De Lange, did not want to be drawn on questions about his predecessor's appearance in the Specialised Commerical Crimes Court on allegations of fraud amounting to R84 million. 

De Lange is out on R20 000 bail.

Masha said the law should be allowed to take its course. 

Show's Stories