Crime Chat – a radio show launched on Monday to increase awareness of criminal activities and methodologies drew overwhelming support from the public. Midrand based Community Radio Mix 93.8 FM quietly launched the show on the Monday of a long weekend with a public holiday on Tuesday/Human Rights Day, yet the response and incoming calls to report suspected drug related activities, neighbourhood brothels, locations of continually increasing traffic violations and noisy entertainment and club venues was overwhelming. The Crime Chat panel consisted of Captain Chetty, Midrand SAPS, Tanya Nyce, PRORead More
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has confirmed two of its officers have been taken off duty pending an investigation. It comes after a video emerged online of the officers seemingly soliciting a bribe. JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says the video is still under investigation. “The two officers have been identified. A case docket of extortion has been opened at
The City of Johannesburg has rolled out a new R27 million fleet of riot control and disaster management by Metro Police officers‚ and they are armed to the teeth with useful gadgets. On Tuesday the Johannesburg Metro Police Department unveiled its latest addition to ensuring public safety‚ four mobile command units and two riot vehicles. The mobile command units – buses that have been pimped out – boast computers‚ internal and external high definition 400 metre range cameras and a mini boardroom.
A metro police officer was shot in the head twice during a gunfight with alleged robbers in Vlakfontein, near Lenasia South, on Monday. He was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition, JMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said. Officers stopped a group of suspected robbers who were speeding in a Volvo.
In January 2016, the City of Cape Town launched its new Metro Police Roadblock unit – a law-enforcement group dedicated to roadblocks within the City. Wheels24 reported that Capetonians will face daily roadblocks. Wheels24 users were understandably outraged. It seems however that Western Cape road-users are not alone as Gauteng might face daily roadblocks.
More than 550 illegal windscreen washers have been arrested in Johannesburg since February, metro police said on Saturday. “Two were arrested today. There have been more than 550 arrested at intersections around Johannesburg since February 2015,” Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told News24. “The offenders are taken to police stations and given the option of paying a R300 fine or appearing in court.”
556 people have been arrested in Gauteng over the Easter weekend alone, setting a new record for the Johannesburg Metro Police Department. JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said arrests had been made in different roadblocks around the province.
The City of Johannesburg is taking tough measures to protect motorists from aggressive window washers and smash and grabs which have steadily increased at some intersections in recent months. Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Safety, Councillor Sello Lemao on Wednesday 11 February 2015 unveiled Operation Ke Molao – an initiative by the Johannesburg Metro Police to protect motorists at identified hotspots. The operation is aimed at dealing with lawlessness in various problematic intersections and bridges.
Police in unmarked cars are going to “clean up” Johannesburg, evicting beggars, traders and pamphlet distributors from traffic intersections throughout the metro. And in the near future motorists giving money to beggars or hawkers at intersections could fall foul of the law and be fined.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) will no longer be used to control traffic flow for major sporting events at FNB Stadium, Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) said on Tuesday. “We’re still going to utilise the JMPD as an oversight traffic consultant,” Jacques Grobbelaar, chief executive of SMSA said. “What we cannot walk away from is the fact that, in the past, it didn’t work. What we paid for in the past and what we expected, is not what we received.”
Roadblocks in different parts of Gauteng on Tuesday were not linked to e-tolling, the department of community safety said on Tuesday. “The Gauteng traffic police today [Tuesday] have operations across different parts of the province focusing on vehicle and driver fitness,” said spokesman Thapelo Moiloa. “Each of these operations must not be misconstrued as anything other than law enforcement.”
Details of inquiries into allegations of corruption by Johannesburg metro officials were this week ordered by the council to be kept secret. The Times has learned that members of the municipal public accounts committee were told on Wednesday that documents given to them that revealed details of corruption investigations were confidential. It is not known how long the blackout will be maintained. The committee is to be briefed by the prosecutor overseeing the investigations next month or in April.