Contact crime remains high during festive season
THOUGH police’s safety plans were yielding results, contact crimes, such as murder, remained stubbornly high during the festive season, says national police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said on Saturday (today).
Nhleko said this during a Durban walkabout in KwaMashu’s Bridge City Mall and watched police road blocks in Durban North before going to inspect festive season safety measures in on Durban’s popular beach front.
“We have seen some notable successes. However, there are areas where we do have concerns. Contact crimes remain stubbornly high,” he says.
He says South Africans need to change the way the way they interact with each other and that the high rate of contact crimes was not only a police problem society at large.
He said that early in the new year on January 5 police will issue a report on festive season operations.
While he did not want to go into details, he says that the police’s operations in combating the smuggling of stolen vehicles across the border in Northern KwaZulu-Natal to Mozambique had “squeezed” syndicates.
Last week SA cops, stopped the smuggling of a car being pulled by donkeys in the Limpopo to Zimbabwe.
He says police were also planning to keep the festive season momentum to afterwards.
At Bridge City Mall in KwaMashu he was given a rapturous welcome from shoppers, while more than a hundred police officers stopped cars on the M4 highway in Durban North as a police helicopter circled overhead. ANA