DA calls for a plan to tackle kid­nap­pings

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - LIAM NGOBENI liam.ngobeni@inl.co.za

THE DA has called for the es­tab­lish­ment of a provin­cial spe­cialised unit to deal with cases of kid­nap­ping.

Gaut­eng leader and spokesper­son for com­mu­nity safety in the leg­is­la­ture John Moodey said the party was deeply con­cerned about the es­ca­lat­ing num­ber of kid­nap­ping in­ci­dents in the coun­try.

“Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, there are kid­nap­ping syndicates that are tar­get­ing wealthy fam­i­lies and for­eign na­tion­als,” he said, adding that there were also claims that th­ese syndicates were work­ing with the po­lice.

Moodey said this was wor­ry­ing, par­tic­u­larly for Gaut­eng, which had recorded the high­est num­ber of kid­nap­ping cases in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2018/19 crime stats, Gaut­eng re­mained the high­est, with 2 109 cases re­ported.

Moodey said the DA called for the SA Po­lice Ser­vice to be pro­fes­sion­alised, re­moval of “cor­rupt” po­lice of­fi­cers from the sys­tem and equip­ping the po­lice with ad­e­quate re­sources to fight crime.

He called on the Com­mu­nity Safety MEC Faith Maz­ibuko and the Gaut­eng po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Elias Mawela to li­aise with the Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele to in­ves­ti­gate claims of the po­lice col­lud­ing with the kid­nap­ping syndicates.

Po­lice district com­mis­sioner in Tsh­wane Ma­jor-Gen­eral Daniel Mthombeni said kid­nap­pings of all sorts were a pri­or­ity and they were be­ing dealt with.

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