Agree­ment sealed to tar­get Joburg’s crim­i­nals

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - ANNA COX anna.cox@inl.co.za @an­na­cox

IN WHAT has been de­scribed by the City of Joburg as a ma­jor break­through in the fight against crime, a new agree­ment has been reached be­tween Joburg mayor Her­man Mashaba, Gaut­eng po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-General Deliwe de Lange and the pro­vin­cial head of the Direc­torate of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions (DPP), ad­vo­cate An­drew Chauke.

A meet­ing was held on Fri­day and was also at­tended by mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee for pub­lic safety Michael Sun, chief of po­lice Zwelibanzi Nyanda and the head of the city’s anti-cor­rup­tion unit, Shadrack Sibiya.

At this meet­ing, a strong part­ner­ship was forged be­tween all parties, ac­cord­ing to Mashaba.

“This part­ner­ship has been de­vel­oped on the ba­sis of the un­com­pro­mis­ing po­lit­i­cal sup­port for the work of the SAPS and DPP in the City of Joburg.”

Mashaba said he had re­ceived a

firm com­mit­ment from the SAPS and DPP to work closely with the city in deal­ing with Joburg’s pub­lic-safety and ju­di­cial chal­lenges.

Ar­eas of close col­lab­o­ra­tion dis­cussed in­clude:

● Co-or­di­na­tion be­tween the Joburg metro po­lice depart­ment and the SAPS in vis­i­ble polic­ing of crime hotspots;

● Co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the city’s K9 nar­cotics unit and the SAPS in com­bat­ing the ram­pant trade of drugs in the city;

● Close col­lab­o­ra­tion in the city’s ef­forts to ad­dress il­le­gal hi­jack­ing of build­ings in the in­ner city and un­doc­u­mented for­eign­ers;

● By-law en­force­ment on mat­ters per­tain­ing to is­sues such as il­le­gal in­for­mal trad­ing in the in­ner city, il­le­gal taxi ranks and over­crowd­ing; and

● A co-or­di­nat­ing task team be­tween the SAPS, DPP and Joburg’s anti-cor­rup­tion unit to fast-track the ar­rest and pros­e­cu­tion of cor­rupt of­fi­cials; “There is no ques­tion that we are pav­ing a new way for­ward for the city. This col­lab­o­ra­tion and co-op­er­a­tion is what we need to re­store the rule of law and re­gain the con­fi­dence of our res­i­dents, busi­nesses and in­vestors,” said Mashaba.

“With this new part­ner­ship, our city has laid the ground­work for a fu­ture where gov­ern­ment, law en­force­ment agen­cies and the ju­di­ciary will work to­gether. We will work tire­lessly to en­sure a fu­ture where res­i­dents feel safe and the criminal and cor­rupt live in fear.”

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