Mashatile trumpets crime drop

Gauteng premier Paul Mashatile says the province is winning the fight against crime.He opened the Gauteng...

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<?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gauteng premier Paul Mashatile says the province is winning the fight against crime.

He opened the Gauteng Legislature in his first big speech as premier on Monday.

Mashatile looked back over the last 15 years, particularly at the fight against crime.

"We have invested R8m for the deployment of 8 000 patrollers in 83 areas," said Mashatile.

He also said Gauteng’s roads were safer.

"We have reduced road fatalities and accidents by 35% exceeding the target of 30% we set in 2004," said Mashatile

Mashatile stuck to the script, but the nerves showed occasionally as he slipped a little.