DA calls for a plan to tackle kidnappings
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.