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Cele welcomes deployment of 197 additional cops to fight crime in WC

The officials gathered in Belhar earlier on Wednesday.

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Wednesday, 7 April 2021, giving officers strict orders to clean up the streets of the Western Cape and root out gangsters. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/Eyewitness News.

BELHAR, CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed a deployment of almost 200 additional police officers to fight crime in the Western Cape.

The officials gathered in Belhar earlier on Wednesday.

The 197 additional police officers will be deployed to crime hotspots including Khayelitsha, Delft, Mfuleni, Nyanga and the Philippi East policing precincts.

The move follows what police have referred to as a recent gradual increase in violent crimes in the province, especially crimes related to gang violence.

Cele said gangsters must be rooted out: “We are just giving a warning that we are here because there are a lot of people dying. So, it is important that everybody ensures that the people of this place also enjoy peace.”

He said most of the drugs produced in South Africa were destined for Cape Town.

“Most of the time innocent children and parents find themselves in a crossfire because gangsters co-govern with the government. You are here to say there is no co-governance with criminality and you’re here to push back.”

The minister said the officers would flood communities in the coming days and weeks and have also been instructed to prioritise crimes related to gender-based violence.

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