CCTV cam­eras for Vi­lakazi Street

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ANNA COX anna.cox@inl.co.za

TO­DAY, Vi­lakazi Street in Soweto gets new CCTV cam­eras. City of Joburg mayor Her­man Mashaba will cel­e­brate the in­stal­la­tion.

This fol­lows the mur­der at the well-known Sakhumzi Restau­rant ear­lier this year, where the 60-year old man­ager was gunned down shortly af­ter the restau­rant closed for the night.

The restau­rant had shut for the evening and staff were busy cash­ing up when two men came to the en­trance of the restau­rant.

The man­ager was shot af­ter he re­fused to let them in. He died on the scene and the men fled.

At the time, Mashaba vis­ited the area and vowed to in­stall a CCTV cam­era sys­tem in the fa­mous street to en­hance the safety of busi­ness own­ers, the pub­lic and tourists vis­it­ing this pop­u­lar area.

Vi­lakazi Street is the only one in the world that boasts the homes of two No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ates – Nel­son Man­dela and Des­mond Tutu – and is one of South Africa’s ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions. It is also home to a num­ber of eater­ies and busi­nesses.

“The busi­nesses along Vi­lakazi Street are im­por­tant to the econ­omy of not only Or­lando West and Soweto, but also for Joburg as a whole, and the CCTV cam­era sys­tem will en­sure that se­cu­rity in the area is en­hanced in an ef­fort to pro­tect both the busi­ness own­ers, as well as vis­i­tors,” said the mayor.

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