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Crime stats: Metro Police contribute to reduction in gang murders: Trollip

Oct 25, 2017
Crime stats: Metro Police contribute to reduction in gang murders: Trollip

The 2016/2017 annual Crime Statistics released on Tuesday show a decrease in gang murders in the Nelson Mandela Bay, said Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

"This is a triumph for safety and security in our City with the one year old Metro Police Service having had a direct tangible impact.

Safety and Security MMC, Cllr John Best, and Metro Police Chief, Yolande Faro, have led from the front," he said. 

"A solid working relationship has been established with the South African Police Service, in support of clamping down on violent crime and gangsterism in particular. We continue to work hard to improve our collaborative relationships and would like to thank the SAPS for their cooperation."

The Mayor said that while the road ahead remains a challenge, it is clear that the Municipality's strong stance on crime is bearing fruit.

"One shooting is still one too many, especially considering the consequences to innocent bystanders. Our law enforcement efforts will continue to improve, as must our intervention operations," Trollip added.

"The recent appointment of Brigadier Keith Meyer, a seasoned senior police officer, to the position of ED: Safety & Security is yet another critical step to combat the scourge of gangsterism and violent crime in our City."

The Mayor said that Brig. Meyer's 30 years of policing experience places strategic crime prevention, in collaboration with SAPS, on top of the Metro Police's agenda.

"Cllr Best spent four hours patrolling the streets of NMB's Northern Areas today with Metro Police and Safety and Security Officials, to plan a decisive roll out plan to deal decisively with gangsterism and violent crime," he described.

"The Metro coalition government's urgent appeal to Minister Mbalula to build an additional SAPS station and deploy additional SAPS resources in the Metro remains a priority. 

"We are working towards our mission of building a safe city, and will not be deterred from this."

Not a rosy picture elsewhere

The 2016/2017 annual Crime Statistics were released by Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, on Tuesday.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape said that it is clear that local communities are "caught in the grips of a vicious crime wave that is striking fear into the hearts and minds of the people of this province"

The DA said that the stats "shockingly revealed that violent and organised crimes tragically continue to increase and there have been 52 murders, 109 rapes and 46 hijacking victims every day in South Africa".