MEC for Community Safety in the Western Cape, Alan Winde, outlines the government's vision for a coastal unit to combat poaching and smuggling syndicates who use the coastline.
Speaking to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies, Winde says the plan came about after receiving numerous calls about poaching being out of control along the province's coastline.
Winde explains that the City of Cape Town had a coastal patrol unit but it was constrained in reaching some of the outlying areas where criminal acts were rife.
The newly launched provincial patrol unit will operate similarly to the one set up by the City but with a wider reach.
I took a look at the unit, spoke to the guys on the unit. They have a number of vessels from jet skis to rubber ducks and that is exactly what we want to do, as well as having partnerships with other municipalities.— Alan Winde, MEC for community safety - Western Cape Government
Winde says he wants to introduce technological innovations like drones to combat these syndicates.
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:
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