Spokesperson for Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula, Vuyo Mhaga, speaks to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies in response to 11 people who died in Marikana in the Philippi area over the weekend.
Residents of Mariakana said that they now live in fear following the killing of 11 people and have complained about the lack of police efficiency in the area.
Mhaga says the two teams that the Minister has launched in the past week will see to it that the perpetrators of these killings are behind bars.
The Minister launched a Tactical Response Team (TRT) and a Tracking Unit Team (TUT).
These two teams are going to work together. The Tracking Unit basically tracks all the dangerous criminals and the Technical Response Team will respond to medium to high-end crimes like cash in transit, car hijackings and business robberies.— Vuyo Mhaga, Spokesperson for the Minister of Police
Mhaga says the team has already being deployed to deal with the situation in Marikana. The Minister will also meet and engage with the community and the families who lost their loved ones.
The Minister has been meeting with crime intelligent to make sure that they re-focus on the actual mandate rather than focusing on issues that are peripheral.— Vuyo Mhaga, Spokesperson for the Minister of Police
General Secretary of SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) Zwelenzima Vavi says that he is delighted that the Minister will be meeting with the community and hopes that he will come up with a plan that will give the people hope and prevent the loss of life.
He says the police need to beef up their own intelligence which is something that is currently lacking.
People have been dying in the Western Cape for years and we've had Ministers and presidents promising heaven and earth and nothing has ever come out of those promises, so we hope that there will be a change of direction.— Zwelenzima Vavi, General Secretary of SA Federation of Trade unions
You need police with investigative skills, who can work in crime intelligence, who can put a convincing case in front of a judge to ensure that the conviction rate increases in South Africa.— Zwelenzima Vavi, General Secretary of SA Federation of Trade unions
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