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City of JHB installs smart cameras around city

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says a safe city is at the top of his agenda.

FILE: City of Joburg Mayor, Parks Tau. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the local government has begun installing smart cameras around the city that have face and number plate recognition in efforts to create a safer city.

The African National Congress (ANC) has been visiting the home of the adoption of the Freedom Charter in Kliptown, Soweto, to celebrate its 61st anniversary.

ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile is one of the speakers together with the party's treasurer Zweli Mkhize.

The historic Kliptown Freedom Square was filled with people wearing the ANC's yellow green and black.

Addressing the supporters, Tau said he was ready to take on the task of working as the mayor for the next five years, should the ruling party retain the metro.

He says a safe city is top of his agenda.

"These cameras have face recognition technologies, number plate recognition technologies and are able to detect or anticipate when a group of people are planning a smash and grab."

Mashatile says the party is pleased with the work Tau has done and feels the party's chances are strengthened with him as its mayoral candidate.