SAPS ‘ready’ to deal with spike in crime ahead of festive season

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi says officials will also prioritise closing down illegal shebeens and seizing unlicensed firearms.

FILE: Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi addressing the media in Cape Town on 7 September. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi says the South African Police Service (SAPS) is ready to deal with a spike in various crimes commonly seen over the festive season.

Mkongi addressed the crowd at the launch of their Safer Festive Season campaign at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town earlier on Thursday.

Working hand-in-hand with the city's metro police officials and other law enforcement agencies, the police service has vowed to make its presence felt at beaches and malls.

Mkongi says officials will also prioritise closing down illegal shebeens and keeping unlicensed firearms off the streets.

“We know that during this month, criminals go all out to attack the cash-in-transit vehicles because they are fundraising for December. We must squeeze them, we know most of them are armed and we must understand who is arming them.”