Police insist the fight against crime will be won
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Police insist the fight against crime will be won

National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole has warned criminals not to try their luck in South Africa.

Police Minister, Bheki Cele

Sitole briefed Parliament’s portfolio committee on police on plans to combat the current upsurge in cash-in-transit heists.

Sitole says various strategies are in place to combat serious and violent crime. 

"We will be adopting other themes, and one of the weeks we'll be searching everyone, everywhere.

"Sometimes it will be a suspect-tracing operation throughout the country. So maybe the criminals better opt for other countries in the cross-borders,'' he told MPs.

The commissioner believes the strategies put in place to combat crime are paying off. 

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"I wanted to talk to about the kingpins, your high profile criminals, as we are tracking them and arresting them. For instance the two highest-profile, they are in the top three of the highest syndicate rankings, we throw them into the unconventional policing strategy and we run covert operations on them.

"All the other known highest criminals, who might not have committed any other offence, we run a cold case analysis (on them).

"We throw them into the cold case strategy because we know there are crimes they have committed that may have become cold,” Sitole explained.

Last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed the arrest of a suspect believed to be a kingpin behind the cash-in-transit heists.

Cele is also expected to address the committee on Wednesday.  

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