Police visibility ‘vital’ to prevent incidents of crime - Cele

Police visibility ‘vital’ to prevent incidents of crime - Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele says law enforcement needs to be more preventative when dealing with the scourge of crime. 


Cele concluded a two-day oversight visit to some of the crime hotspots in Gqeberha over the weekend, visiting police stations in New Brighton, Chatty, Gelvandale and Kwazakhele.


Gqeberha has been the scene of some brutal killings in recent months, with one of the most recent incident that took place at a birthday party in Kwazakhele where eight people were gunned down.  


Cele and the national and provincial police management conducted raids, spot checks and roadblocks where several people were arrested in different areas of Gqeberha on Saturday night.


The minister said the aim of his visit was to improve service delivery at station level, intensify police visibility and improve response times.


“We are trying to work on preventative measures in places like where we are today. Shebeens and taverns are also very much high in terms of murders. So the police today, around here we are more than 200 different units working (together).


“We have different warrants, search warrants, warrants of arrests that we will have to execute, as we are doing the work today. So we are trying to be more preventative.”


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