Johannesburg residents in certain areas are going to be under 24-hour
surveillance in the future - at taxi ranks, in the streets and at entertainment
In an ambitious new project to make the city safer, the Johannesburg
Metro Police Department yesterday announced a plan to patrol and monitor
Hillbrow, the CBD, Newtown, Diepsloot, Alexandra, Moroka and Orange
Farm for the next 500 days.
Operation Token Days involves 10 different projects covering all aspects
of policing, from organised street crime, surveillance, by-law enforcement,
secure public transport and youth crime.
City of Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo said yesterday: "We
seek to reinforce the work done by the SAPS, change the negative perception
of Johannesburg as infested with crime, create a platform for members
of the community to make a contribution to fighting crime, and rid it
of crime and grime."
All of the 2 000 JMPD officers will be utilised in the campaign.
"Even though we know we do not have enough staff, we will be using
the resources we have to the best of our ability."
The 10 main campaigns are:
- Knight Life, which, with the guidance of the Gauteng Tourism Authority,
will concentrate on tourist spots, taverns, shebeens, places of entertainment,
pedestrian fatalities at night and crimes related to alcohol, firearms
and the youth.
- Bumble Bee will focus on upgrading electronic equipment for policing,
such as speed-trap cameras, closed-circuit TV, and number-plate recognition
cameras, thereby reducing the need for additional manpower.
- Nude Ants III will cover the enforcement of by-laws, such as illegal
trading and dumping.
- Jozi involves visible policing in conjunction with the SAPS, focusing
on safety in public transport, freight movement, overload control
and patrolling of ATMs.
- Clean Audit will take stronger control over financial transactions
within the JMPD, to ensure a clean audit.
- The Fundisa programme will offer additional training for officers
on the law.
- Licensing services will be improved, with extended hours, increased
capacity to detect fraudulent documents, and the implementation of
a computer forensic audit capability for all transactions through
the National Traffic Information System - allowing the JMPD, for the
first time, to directly deregister cars.
- In the human resources field, there will be a focus on uplifting
the morale of staff, as well as increasing productivity and diligence.
- Winged Heart III will ensure that public transport vehicles are
roadworthy and will entail at least one visit a week to a taxi rank.
- The Sethunya programme will assist the SAPS with reducing the incidence
of illegal firearms.