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Muldersdrift gets reinforcements

Police have deployed more units to assist in curbing crime in Muldersdrift.

Suspects arrested in connection with a shooting and robbery in Muldersdrift on 13 September 2012. Picture: Shenan Cochrane.

MULDERSRIFT - Acting Gauteng Police Commissioner Phumzo Gela on Wednesday said various units have been brought in to help combat the high levels of crime in Muldersdrift.

The units range from the flying squad to a mounted unit.

He said the extra officers will stay for as long as they were needed.

Gela said crime was coming down in the area, but wouldn't reveal by how much.

"The intervention units will stay for as long as the community needs them, even if it's the K9 and flying squads."

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT NEEDED

Residents in the area said while current police intervention was helping, community members must get more involved to bring down the number of violent attacks.

One resident told Eyewitness News that attacks will continue unless the community rises up.

"We'll lose this area, they're calling it 'Murdersdrift' already and also 'A Paradise Lost."

He said people had been living in the area for over 30 years and they were not prepared to let it go.

He also claimed social gatherings and church meetings were raising awareness.

"Sooner or later there will be no crime that is reported in this area, working together we can make a difference."

But a local businessman said statistics were needed to understand progress.

"The police are doing a wonderful job in bringing in people and resources into the area, but they could manage the media a little bit better in giving them the actual stats."