Police announce strategies to fight violent crimes and cash-in-transit heists

Police Minister Bheki Cele and National Commissioner Khehla Sitole held a media briefing on Monday to announce the strategy to tackle the cash-in-transit heists that continues to escalate.

Sitole told members of the media that cash-in-transit heists will get special attention from the police.

Eye Witness News reporter Barry Bateman gives an account of the media briefing.

Read: Cash-in-transit heists escalating in SA says expert

What we are going to see is a mass mobilisation. We are going to see a significant increase in visible policing from the Saps.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

One of the things they want to stabilise is crime intelligence, they are going to play an integral role together with the Hawks to track down the most wanted criminal for these violent crimes.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Bateman says Sitole came out strongly against police officers who conspire with criminals in committing these crimes. No exceptions will be made for them and a movement of resources from administration level down to operational level will help the investigations.

If anybody is found wanting in terms of their conduct, whether it is maladministration or criminal conduct, they will be moved from blue uniforms to wearing orange uniforms.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Lecturer at Unisa Department of Criminology Dr Mahlogolo Thobane says the police's effort to stop cash-in-transit robberies needs to be improved.

She says there need to be significant improvement in crime intelligence

I believe that crime intelligence is an important factor to effective policing at both operational and strategic level also.

Dr Mahlogolo Thobane, Lecturer at Unisa Department of Criminology

I feel that the police are lacking in this aspect which is criminal intelligence so we need a dedicated and aggravated cash-in-transit unit with dedicated reporting lines.

Dr Mahlogolo Thobane, Lecturer at Unisa Department of Criminology

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