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Crime in SA: Police Minister Bheki Cele urges government to help

Police Minister Bheki Cele has called for the government to urgently address drivers of criminality in areas battling high crime levels and gangsterism.

He said this during the launch of Operation Shanela in the Eastern Cape on Friday, 25 August 2023.

Cele, together with National Commissioner Fannie Masemola and his management team, interacted with communities living in the Northern suburbs of Gqeberha about their safety concerns.

While on the walk-about on the streets of Gelvandale and surrounding areas, Cele noted the high number of children of school-going age, loitering around during school time.

He said these areas need far more than law enforcement to make life better. Cele said it was clear the police alone wouldn’t win the war on crime.

“The high rate of children not going to school, pushes them towards criminality and gangsterism. This is why we again make the call for a government and whole society approach to fighting crime. We call on government to descend here and all other areas with similar problems to address the drivers of crime by dealing with issues of education, human settlement, unemployment, and other socio-economic factors,” he said.

Cele said since the inception of Operation Shanela in May, they remain on track in their intensified and aggressive response to crime.

He said over 100 000 suspects have been arrested for serious and violent crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, possession of firearms and drugs.

“Around 10 000 of the arrests took place during operations in the Eastern Cape province,” he said.

-daily sun

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