PO­LICE TASK TEAM MEETS WITH GREAT SUC­CESS

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Ko­mani po­lice sta­tion prop­erty task team mem­bers Tando Mayeka, Zamile Nqayi, Siph­elo Tokwe, Mtu­tuzeli Solontsi, Pumeza Penxa and Sivuy­ile Tose have been hon­oured by the SAPS af­ter putting a num­ber of crim­i­nals be­hind bars.

Act­ing sta­tion com­man­der Colonel Loy­iso Ngalo said the task team’s suc­cesses in­cluded the ar­rests of se­cu­rity guards work­ing at the Boxer Shop­ping Com­plex fol­low­ing a bur­glary at one of the stores where a large sum of money was taken.

“Three peo­ple were also ar­rested af­ter a bur­glary took place on a lo­cal farm.

“The crime was be­lieved to have been com­mit­ted by a group of men who were tar­get­ing farms. The fur­ni­ture which was re­cov­ered by the task team was col­lected at the po­lice sta­tion last week.”

An­other suc­cess in­cluded sev­eral ar­rests fol­low­ing a house­break­ing in Calder­wood Street re­cently.

“All the suc­cesses hap­pened be­cause the com­mu­nity, which trusted the task team, was will­ing to give in­for­ma­tion which led to the ar­rests of the sus­pects.”

Ngalo said the task team was formed af­ter in­di­ca­tions of an in­crease in prop­erty crimes in Ko­mani dur­ing the pe­riod from April to June in 2018.

This, he said, posed a chal­lenge to in­vest­ment.

“I met with the man­age­ment to form a team set to fo­cus on pri­or­ity crimes.

“The task team was then ap­pointed to step up to the task of re­duc­ing the rise of pri­or­ity crimes which were af­fect­ing the sta­tion, in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial house break­ings, busi­ness bur­glar­ies and theft from mo­tor ve­hi­cles. We met to ex­plore dif­fer­ent sets of av­enues to ad­dress the is­sues and we came to the un­der­stand­ing that if we all joined hands we would have a broader in­put on how we would com­bat crime.

“The task team is com­posed of de­tec­tives and vis­i­ble polic­ing mem­bers.”

He said the task team mem­bers were as­sessed ev­ery month.

“When we look at the vol­ume of work that was cov­ered in the sec­ond quar­ter, it is ev­i­dent that the team is work­ing.”

He said re­lated crime lev­els had dropped since May. “In July, Au­gust and Septem­ber they did an ex­cel­lent job. The team was avail­able 24 hours a day.

“I want a new ve­hi­cle for them be­cause I want to be able to send them to Ca­cadu.”

Prop­erty task team head Sergeant Thando Mayeki said, “This makes me happy be­cause it shows that our man­age­ment team recog­nises our hard work and the dif­fer­ence we have made.

“Our chal­lenges were that some of the cases were opened late – some af­ter three months – and we could not find the fin­ger­prints. This af­fected our in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause we were un­able to find links to lead us to the per­pe­tra­tors.”

Pic­ture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

WELL DONE: The prop­erty task team has been recog­nised for their ex­cel­lent per­for­mance with, from left, Sergeant Zamile Nqayi, Sergeant Siph­elo Tokwe, Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum chair An­dries Sch­le­busch, Con­sta­ble Mtu­tuzeli Solontsi, act­ing sta­tion com­man­der Colonel Loy­iso Ngalo, Border-Kei Cham­ber of Busi­ness chair Shaun Roux, Con­sta­ble Pumeza Penxa, Con­sta­ble Sivuy­ile Tose and Sergeant Tando Mayeka

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