Plan to combat mall robberies to be presented to Parliament

Parliament’s portfolio committee on police is expected to be briefed on a plan to combat mall robberies.

The Canal Walk Shopping Centre has been the hardest it in the Western Cape, with several armed robberies taking place, some within days of each other. Picture: Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police and the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) will today present a plan to deal with the recent spate of mall robberies in the country.

Parliament's portfolio committee on police wants to hear strategies aimed at combating armed robberies at shopping malls and business premises.

The topic of shopping mall safety and security will also take centre stage on the agenda at the special briefing.

Over the past few months, there's been an alarming increase in armed robberies at shopping centres in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Committee chairperson Francois Beekman says its important police and the CGCSA have solid strategies to stop these robberies.

"It's important for the committee to get assurances from the South African Police Service, as well as the Consumer Goods Council, that they are actively working to ensure that those gaps are addressed."

It would seem most of the recent mall attacks have targeted cellphone and high-end electronic stores.