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'Measures in place to fight Muldersdrift crime'

Gauteng top cop Mzwandile Petros says measures are in place to deal with Muldersdrift crime.

Gauteng Commissioner Mzwandile Petros. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros on Friday said the spike in violent crimes in outlying areas like Muldersdrift is a priority.

After two years as the province's top cop, Petros is currently touring various areas and speaking to residents there.

Muldersdrift has been particularly hard hit this year, with a 13-year-old girl being killed there last week, and a 50-year-old man shot and wounded on Thursday.

Residents say they are under siege.

But Petros said police are doing what they can.

"To deal with that situation, we need to catch the syndicates operating there. There are measures in place."

Meanwhile, three suspects were arrested in connection with both attacks and will appear in court soon.