Cross-bor­der crime clam­p­down

High-level talks bring re­sults

Zululand Observer - Monday - - FRONT PAGE - Or­rin Singh

THE fight against cross-bor­der crime has fi­nally been taken to the next level af­ter the Mozam­bi­can gov­ern­ment has agreed to ex­tra­dite South African crim­i­nals us­ing the coun­try as a haven to es­cape the law.

This was re­vealed by Min­is­ter of Po­lice Bheki Cele, who said find­ing last­ing so­lu­tions to ad­dress the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of cross-bor­der crime had been es­ca­lated, to the ex­tent that both the South African and Mozam­bi­can pres­i­dents be­came in­volved.

Ad­dress­ing the com­mu­ni­ties of Mbazwana, uMh­labuyalin­gana and

Man­guzi on Satur­day af­ter vis­it­ing the Kosi Bay bor­der post, Cele said

fol­low­ing a meet­ing of se­nior del­e­gates of both coun­tries, lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion have been re­opened.

‘The big­gest hin­drance in the past has been the lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

‘This has now been re­stored owing to in­ter­ven­tions at both min­is­te­rial and pres­i­den­tial lev­els.’

Hun­dreds of com­mu­nity mem­bers gath­ered at the uMh­labuyalin­gana Phu­mobala sport field in Man­guzi as

Cele, ac­com­pa­nied by SAPS Na­tional Com­mis­sioner, Gen­eral Khehla Sit­hole, as well as the KZN MEC for Trans­port, Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­a­son, Mx­olisi Kaunda, vis­ited the area to pro­vide feed­back to the com­mu­ni­ties fol­low­ing a list of griev­ances handed to Cele’s pre­de­ces­sor, Fik­ile Mbalula, in Fe­bru­ary.

Mbalula’s visit fol­lowed weeks of un­rest in the area as out­raged res­i­dents grew tired of crim­i­nal el­e­ments plagu­ing their com­mu­ni­ties.

Cele said he had dealt with al­most all of the de­mands listed on the mem­o­ran­dum.

‘One of the main de­mands was the ar­rest of nine peo­ple who had been named in the mem­o­ran­dum.

‘Seven have been found and only two are still miss­ing.

‘The com­mu­nity here have also raised the is­sue of about 30 stolen ve­hi­cles, 24 of which have been traced with the co­op­er­a­tion of Mozam­bi­can au­thor­i­ties. Four oth­ers have been iden­ti­fied and will be brought back and re­turned to their South

African own­ers soon.

Cele said pro­vin­cial po­lice com­mis­sion­ers of Lim­popo, Mpumalanga and KZN - the three prov­inces which share the bor­der with Mozam­bique - were present at the meet­ing be­tween him­self and the Mozam­bi­can Min­is­ter of Po­lice held on 10 Au­gust.

As a re­sult of this, Cele said a joint op­er­a­tion to clamp down on cross-bor­der crime in­volv­ing all three prov­inces re­sulted in more than 300 sus­pects be­ing ar­rested, 102 stolen and hi­jacked cars re­cov­ered and re­turned to SA, and at least 43 guns as well as am­mu­ni­tion re­cov­ered.

Or­rin Singh

MIn­is­ter of Po­lice Bheki Cele ar­rives at the uMh­labuyalin­gana Phu­mobala sport field in Man­guzi on Satur­day to ad­dress the lo­cal com­mu­nity

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