As the country winds down towards the holiday season, the South African Police Service (SAPS) is ramping up its efforts to improve service delivery to communities, through the injection of additional policing resources. This year’s Safer Festive Season Operations are being held under the theme of #MoreBootsOnTheGround towards enhanced #PoliceVisibility.
The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, the SAPS management together with the Minister of Police General Bheki Cele attended the provincial launch.
Policing in the Cape flats and other communities experiencing high cases of violent crimes such as murder, assault, robbery and gender based violence and femicide (GBVF) have received a life line. Additional patrol vehicles have been deployed to policing areas in and around the Cape flats of Cape Town.
On Monday 14 November 2022, during a Ministerial Crime Prevention Imbizo scores of new police patrol vans and high powered vehicles were also added to the existing vehicle fleet in order to better service the communities of Johannesburg South and surrounds.
Mobile community service centres (CSC) which is the first point of entry into the criminal justice system, have also been brought on board and are now stationed in identified high crime areas in the Johannesburg South in Gauteng, Cape Flats in the Western Cape and the Vhembe District in Limpopo, during the festive season and beyond.
The Police Ministry remains steadfast in prioritising and bringing police services closer to communities.
The resource injection comes at a time when the season of heightened police visibility is being ushered in through countrywide Safer Festive Season_ campaigns of the SAPS. These special operations have so far been rolled out in four provinces, namely Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu -Natal and the Western Cape under the theme ”More boots on the ground towards enhanced police visibility”.
Police Minister, General Bheki Cele says if police want to flush out crime, they must operate with extra capacity.
This display of force should serve as a warning shot to criminals but also demonstrate the commitment by this Ministry and SAPS management to support to improve police service delivery. We want this in all Provinces as it will allow police to continue to respond to all opportunistic criminal elements, not only this festive season but beyond.”
Minister Cele has warned against the misuse of much needed policing resources.
“These brand new vehicles and mobile stations should not be abused and only be used for their intended purpose, which is ensuring South Africans and all those who are within our borders always have access to a police officer at all times” concluded Cele.
The Police Ministry urges community members to report any misuse of police resources and encourages residents to continue to work closely with police, to better fight crime.
The SAPS countrywide Safer Festive Season campaign is expected to wrap up at the end of January 2024.