Authorities raid JHB city centre

The Gauteng community safety MEC says a joint provincial policing strategy will be rolled out this year.

A special New Year's Eve crime prevention campaign was conducted in the Johannesburg city centre. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Community Safety says a joint 2014 provincial policing strategy will be rolled out to help reduce all forms of crime and ensure the safety of all citizens.

Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko participated in a special crime prevention campaign in the Johannesburg city centre last night.

She joined around 300 police officers who were out in full force patrolling the streets.

Police raided several buildings, confiscating drugs and alcohol and arresting several people suspected of various crimes.

Meanwhile, officers have been deployed to all municipal parks across Johannesburg where people will be celebrating New Year's Day.

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) says no alcohol will be allowed into the parks.

The JMPD's Wayne Minnaar says officers will also arrest individuals if they display drunken and disorderly behaviour.

"All alcohol will be confiscated because it is against the city by-laws to consume alcohol in a public space."