NEW SOUTH AFRICAN POLICING SYSTEM BEING ROLLED OUT TO ALL PROVINCES

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA, A successful pilot project on policing which has been launched in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province will be rolled out to all provinces, says Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi.

An Operations Command Centre set up here as part of the system, the first of its kind in the country, has been focusing on gang-related activities, drug dealing, murders and unlicensed firearms. Under the system, all crimes reported are centralised, resulting in a fast, streamlined approach to crime fighting.

With the number of murders in Eastern Cape province almost 10 per cent higher than the national average, it was the right place for the first Operations Command Centre to be established.

Mkongi said here Monday: "Operation Command is going to be a multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary and also an intergrated approach where all units of the police are not going to work in silence ... other departments in the community, and the criminal justice system, they are going to come under one roof.

The system is already showing results in Port Elizabeth's northern areas, where gangsterism is rife.

Police Deputy National Commissioner Lieutenant-General Gary Kruser elaborated: "I said to you that there are 31 gangs here and give me three months and I will arrest all 31 of them and now three months later we have called the press conference (to say) we arrested all of them."

The roll-out of the Operations Command Centre system has also begun in Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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