On Wednesday, August 1, concerned residents sounded the alarm on the increased incidents of criminals targeting vehicles at a number of public spaces including shopping centres.
City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba heeded the call.
“Recently one of my senior officials had his car broken into at a secured parking lot, where two laptops, one of which contained highly sensitive City information were stolen,” Mashaba said.
Fortunately, CCTV footage was able to capture the incident as well as a close up image of one of the criminals. Mashaba said that they were awaiting the footage and as soon as it is obtained, they will share it with the public and will request that those with information to come forward.
According to Mashaba, high crime rates which plagues all residents and his administration remains a challenge. However, he will do all he can to tackle the problem despite limited resources.
“We have increased the JMPD force by 50% and we are implementing a number of other interventions to improve our fight against crime,” Mashaba said.
Earlier this year, the City launched Operation Buya Mthetho which is aimed at bringing back law and order within the City. Operation Buya Mthetho has been pivotal with over 8 000 arrests by our law enforcement officials since January.
“This is the kind of momentum the City needs to sustain if we are indeed to fight against crime and lawlessness.”
“For too long, criminals were allowed to rule the City and strike fear in the hearts of our residents. We can no longer put our heads in the sand and pretend that everything is okay.
In addition, the latest national job stats released recenly are of extreme concern. As government we are tasked with creating an inductive environment of economic growth and investment in our country. This in turn will help to stimulate real job creation,” Mashaba said.
Mashaba went on to say, “We have zero tolerance for corruption. Corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with institutions such as the Hawks, SAPS and all other institutions within the criminal justice system to ensure that the residents of Johannesburg can live freely without fear of being criminal elements within our communities.”