Police Minister Bheki Cele appointed a taskteam to deal with all murder cases and promised to end what he termed “economic thuggery” during a Crime Imbizo held at the Klipgat Road Sportground in Mabopane recently.
Cele was joined by Gauteng Community Safety and Liaison MEC Faith Mazibuko, and the South African Police Service (SAPS) leadership as they engaged the community of Mabopane on their crime concerns.
This is the minister’s second visit in the area within a space of a month following the brutal killing of ward councillor Tshepo Motaung.
A cryptic Cele said that they know who his killers are, but was mum on whether any arrests have been made.
Issues raised by the community included lack of patrol cars in the area, the mishandling of gender based violence cases and allegations of police who are in cahoots with criminals.
Cele concurred that the communities concerns were valid, and promised to look into them. He further said that upon his return the Mabopane police station commander will be better suited to answer their questions.