On Thursday, 2 August, the CoJ’s Executive Mayor, councillor Herman Mashaba, joined the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele; the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina; the new of head of the Hawks, Advocate Godfrey Lebeya; the National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla Sithole, and the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange, at the launch.
“Earlier this year, the City of Johannesburg launched Operation Buya Mthetho to ensure that we create safe communities for our residents. I couldn’t be more pleased to see this campaign adopted by provincial government, and hopefully soon, national government as well,” Mashaba said.
In the City of Johannesburg, as part of the operation, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department has conducted weekly operations in each of the City’s regions alongside other City departments and entities in order to address illegal waste management, illegal advertising, illegal street trading, illegal water and power connections, conduct compliance operations at liquor outlets and running road safety operations.
According to Mashaba, the operation has proven pivotal in fighting against crime in the City. Over 8 000 arrests have been made by law enforcement officials since January. This is the kind of momentum the City needs to sustain if the fight against crime and lawlessness is to be won.
He also said that he was delighted by Minister Cele’s commitment to partner with the City in the fight against crime particularly, as part of the effort to revitalise Johannesburg. The revitalisation of the city is an intervention through which not only affordable housing will be created for residents but also through which jobs for residents will be generated.
Mashaba concluded by saying, “Last month, Council approved the release of an additional 71 properties for mixed-use development. This is on top of the 13 properties released last year.
“By attracting investment from property developers and, in turn, turning our Inner City into a construction site, we will create jobs during as well as post-construction. Restoring the rule of law in Johannesburg requires us to all join hands and say ‘Enough’. I look forward to working with the Minister and our provincial police in order to keep our residents safe.”
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