The Community Safety Portfolio Committee paid an oversight visit to the Rietgat Police Station. The purpose of the visit by the committee led by Honourable Alphina Ndlovana and Honourable Sizakele Malobane Nkosi was to get first hand account from the Rietgat SAPS as to how are they handling the rampant crime in the area but with more emphasis on Jukulyn since the area has drawn media attention and hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The station highlighted to the Portfolio Committee through a presentation by Rietgat SAPS Acting Station Commander, Colonel Dinah Tabane that they have come up with interventions to counter the prevalence of crime in the area.
Among the strategic interventions in response to the questions asked by the committee, the station told the committee that they are already doing random operations by Station Management at hotspots, enforcing compliance at liquor outlets, conducting of joint operations with other law enforcement agencies, strengthening Detective tracing of suspects, undercover operations at hotspots, raising more awareness on crime patterns and Gender Based Violence and Femicide as well as engaging councillors and taxi associations among others.
The Acting District Commissioner of Tshwane, Brigadier Samuel Thine who was also present hinted to the committee that the station and the district are trying their best to ameliorate the scourge of crime, however, a lot still needs to be done.
Brigadier Thine went on to commit that the district will make sure that there’s static deployment at hotspots and will further engage the Tshwane Metro Police Department regarding the enforcement of by-laws while also ensuring that Crime Intelligence is on the ground to deal with those terrorizing children and the community at large. He further said that Okae Molao will still come back to the Rietgat area and ensure that the spotlight falls on Jukulyn.