PARKTOWN – Gauteng Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela together with his senior management team, on Saturday morning 29 August 2020 engaged with the executive committee of the Gauteng Community Policing Board in the continued drive to strengthen and enhance relations between the SAPS and communities.
Central to this engagement was the SAPS’ response to crime in the province as Lieutenant General Elias Mawela presented the crime statistics of the 2019/2020 financial year, as well as the statistics of the first quarter (April to June) of the current financial year.
Gauteng currently contributes 28,4% of the country’s crime while the crime in 2019/2020 dropped by 2,2% meaning over 10 400 counts less than in 2018/2019. This reduction is to a greater extent attributable to the partnerships and the integration of resources with other law enforcement agencies in the province, private security, neighbourhood watch structures, community patrollers, and other civil society structures. A number of successful intelligence-driven operations conducted regularly in Gauteng emanated from information and tip-offs received from community members. For instance, in relation to the fight against drugs, 13 clandestine drug laboratories were shut down and 35 suspects arrested in the last financial year.
The Provincial Commissioner highlighted the value derived from the police and community collaboration where, since his arrival in Gauteng in February 2019, General Mawela engaged with communities serviced by the top 40 stations that contributed the most volumes of crime in the previous financial year. Subsequent commitments by those communities to work closely with their Stations, saw known crime heavy-weight stations reduce crime in their areas. Johannesburg Central, Hillbrow, Pretoria Central, Sunnyside, Kempton Park and Ivory Park were cited as such examples.
Following deliberations, both the SAPS and the CPF reaffirmed their commitment to partner and strengthen relations towards eradicating crime and ensuring the safety of the residents of Gauteng and their properties.
Lieutenant General Elias Mawela also used the opportunity to highlight the challenges in Eldorado Park following the killing of 16-year old Nathaniel Julius for which two suspects, two police officers from Eldorado SAPS, have now been arrested as the investigation by the IPID unfolds. Internal processes will kick-off pending the recommendations of the IPID as per standard procedure.
“In the meantime, we will continue to work closely with the community of Eldorado Park to restore trust and confidence in the SAPS. Our relationships with our communities matter as they are a strategic partner in the fight against crime,” concluded the Provincial Commissioner.

Source: South African Police Service

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