The FF Plus wants to encourage all homeowners to increase their security measures and to join community safety structures in their area in light of the announcement made by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, that illegal land occupations and violent crime are on the rise.
During a virtual meeting of the Gauteng Legislature’s Committee on Community Safety, Mazibuko confirmed that the police service is extremely busy ensuring that lockdown regulations are adhered to while there is also a marked increase in illegal land occupations and incidents of other serious crimes.
Since the national lockdown regulations were enforced, 42 827 complaints have been lodged and 52 488 people have been arrested in Gauteng alone. A total of 11 887 charges were later dropped.
With the implementation of Level Three of lockdown on the 1st of June this year, 2 162 dossiers were opened and 21 of these related to gender violence. Sixteen suspects were arrested.
Since the start of Level Three of lockdown, unplanned protest actions during which social distancing is not maintained also increased.
The FF Plus is seriously concerned about the safety of all residents and attributes the rise in crime to unemployment, economic decline and poverty brought about by the lockdown. The people of Gauteng must focus on their own safety and the security of their property by implementing the necessary preventative measures.
The FF Plus will meet with the Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lt.-Gen. Elias Mawela, and insist that more emphasis must be placed on crime prevention and visible policing.
Read the original article in Afrikaans by Kobus Hoffman on FF Plus
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