Following a story published in the media in the past two weeks regarding crime that seemed to have escalated in the city and its environs, the Rustenburg Local Municipality is proud to announce that the collaborative effort between them and the South African Police Service (SAPS), as well as other security agencies, such as Community Policing Forum (CPF), are paying dividend, as scores of criminals have been arrested, and are in the process of being prosecuted.
This united front on crime combatting devised the following strategies, to ensure effective outcomes:
A specialized crime fighting unit has been started by the Municipality with specific focus, namely; to nip crime in the CBD, in the bud quickly.
South African Police Service (SAPS) has undertaken to increase patrols and police visibility in the city.
Municipality’s Law Enforcement Unit has deployed civilian clothes officers to patrol the city and its environs, as well as particular identified hot spots, such as, big retailers, warehouses, supermarkets, main streets, taxi and bus rank, CBD and main streets, with the objective to bringing the suspects to book, thus effectively eliminating criminality, such as armed robbery, drug peddling, human trafficking, prostitution, house breaking, theft, shop lifting and commercial crime in Rustenburg.
“We are going to intensify our public education and awareness campaign on crime combatting together as a united force. We want to applaud our communities for apprehending criminals and handing them over to the police as it has happened recently. This is commendable indeed. Continue that way, without taking law into your hands, but letting it to take its course”, said Acting Executive Mayor, Cllr Mike Mhlungu.
For further enquiries kindly contact Municipal spokesperson, Mr Thapelo Matebesi, on 014 590 3509.