In a recent media statement, the City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba, stated that a number of residents had raised their concerns about the increased incidents of criminals targeting vehicles at a number of public spaces including shopping centres.
“High crime rates remain a challenge which plagues all our residents and my administration is doing all it can to tackle the problem within our limited resources and competency. We have invested in increasing the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) force by 50 per cent and we are implementing a number of other interventions to improve our fight against crime,” said Mashaba.
He also stated that, earlier this year, the City launched Operation Buya Mthetho, which is aimed at bringing back law and order within the City. Operation Buya Mthetho has been pivotal, with over 8 000 arrests made by law enforcement officials since January.
“This is the kind of momentum the City needs to sustain if we are indeed to fight against crime and lawlessness. For too long, criminals were allowed to rule the City and strike fear in the hearts of our residents. We can no longer put our heads in the sand and pretend everything is okay,” he said.
The latest national job statistics have brought worry to Mashaba because as a government, the CoJ is tasked with creating an environment conducive to economic growth and investment in the country. This in turn will help to stimulate real job creation.
However, this cannot be achieved in an environment in which criminals act without fear.
Apparently, in the most recent incident involving a City of Johannesburg official, CCTV footage was able to capture the incident as well as a close-up image of one of the criminals.
“We are awaiting the relevant footage and as soon as it is obtained I will share it with the public and request that those with information that could lead the arrest of these criminals come forward,” he added.
In conclusion he stated that, “We have zero tolerance for corruption. Corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with institutions such as the Hawks, the Police and all other institutions within the criminal justice system to ensure that the residents of Johannesburg can live freely without fear of being victimised by criminal elements within our communities.”
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