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Muldersdrift crime down

Police believe new initiatives in Muldersdrift are improving safety.

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

JOHANNESBURG - In the wake of a spate of violent crimes in Muldersdrift, police have revealed that crime statistics over the past year in the area have decreased by 50 percent.

While police have acknowledged in the past that the area is a crime hotspot, Muldersdrift station commander Kgaogelo Seabi said new initiatives are helping to curb the number of murders and house robberies.

"We went to every informal settlement, every church and every community meeting around Muldrsdrfit and our aim was to mobilise the community."

He said visible policing, help from local security companies, and a community-wide communication network are responsible for the decrease.

It is also understood that more resources have been handed over from the police ministry to help combat crime.

In Cape Town, relatives of a traffic officer who was gunned down while on duty said he lived for his work and family.

Wesley Woodman was laid to rest at a special funeral service on Saturday.

The 35-year-old and a motorist were killed when two men opened fire, while the policeman was issuing a fine on Prince George drive just over a week ago.

His uncle, Gideon Louw said Woodman loved his job.

"Wesley was so proud of the uniform.

"He was committed to doing the task to the best of his ability.

"He had a deep sense of concern for the well-being of his colleagues."