Increased police visibility key to curbing murder in SA

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Parliament’s portfolio committee on police on Tuesday called for the increased visibility of officers on South Africa’s streets, especially in crime hot spot areas, in the wake of the murder of 13 people in Cape Town’s sprawling Philippi township at the weekend.
The killings are symptomatic of a complex socio-economic problem requiring an urgent and multifaceted approach, said the committee’s chairperson Tina Joemat-Pettersson in a statement decrying the country’s escalating murder rate.
The police minister and senior management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) must move with speed to implement the promise made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his recent state of the nation address to increase visibility, she said.
Furthermore, SAPS must strengthen the strategies intended to fight the proliferation of illegal guns, Joemat-Pettersson added.
The portfolio committee also emphasised the need for strident strategies to curb gender-based violence, which it said continued to be a worrying problem in South Africa, citing the killing of six women among the 13 people murdered in Philippi.
“Violence against women remains one of the most repugnant forms of crime in the country and cannot be left unabated,” Joemat-Pettersson said.
The fight against crime required a broader approach that included dealing with unemployment, poverty and the scourge of substance abuse, she said.
In related news, Limpopo police said two alleged car thieves would on Tuesday appear in the Seshego Magistrate’s Court for trying to bribe a police officer.
The men, aged 32 and 37, were arrested in Seshego during a sting operation on Friday.
Spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said: “The suspects, who are currently on bail for a case of possession of [a] suspected stolen motor vehicle, allegedly approached the investigating officer attached to Vehicle Crime Investigating unit in Seshego and promised a R2,000 bribe for the release of a stolen motor vehicle. The suspects were arrested by the Hawks’ serious corruption investigation unit.”
The duo faces charges of corruption. – African News Agency