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How the Western Cape Safety Plan is supporting the lockdown

6 April 2020

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, commends the 500 newly deployed law enforcement officers, appointed through the Western Cape Safety Plan, who are playing a commendable role in supporting the enforcement of the lockdown. The law enforcement officers are supporting SAPS and SANDF as part of a joint effort.

Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) law enforcement officers are supporting the lockdown by:

  • Working in 12-hour shifts at the Strandfontein SafeSpace to ensure that homeless individuals are kept safe;
  • Supporting the COVID-19 response team by operating in conjunction with SAPS and the Anti-Gang Unit to perform COVID-19 related operations and crime prevention operations within the various clusters;
  • Being deployed within the 8 clusters attending to COVID-19 complaints dispatched by the107 Control Centre; and
  • Assisting in the 8 clusters with a response team attached to the COVID-19 response team, particularly in response to gatherings, events and taverns operating in the respective areas.

Minister Fritz said, “I wish to commend the 500 newly deployed law enforcement officers who are supporting the joint command of SAPS and SANDF. These officers have been deployed in the Khayelitsha, Lenteqeur, Nyanga (including Bishop Lavis), Milnerton, Bellville, Wynberg, Delft, and Cape Town clusters. Additionally, they are supporting the COVID-19 response team and the Strandontein SafeSpace established to protect homeless individuals during the outbreak.”

“Over the course of the lockdown period, we have seen a staggering decline in crime and, in particular, alleged murder admissions or suspected murders. In the 14th week of 2020, there 31 suspected murders. Whilst this remains 31 deaths too many, this figure is considerably lower than the same period last year in which there were 105 suspected murders. In total, that marks a 70.5% decrease in suspected murders,” said Minister Fritz.

Minister Fritz said, “I have requested that the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) ensure that any outlet which contravenes the lockdown conditions be liable for a maximum fine of R100 000 and have their license revoked immediately, subject to investigation. It has further been requested that the WCLA join the PROVJOINTS committee and be included in every case were liquor was sold or an arrest was made to better track the original point of sale. I further welcome the resolution taken by PROVJOINTS on 25 March that no alcohol will be returned to any outlet after paying admission of guilt.”

Minister Fritz added, “All acts of abuse under the joint command of SAPS and SANDF will be investigated by the relevant entity responsible for these investigations. Residents are asked to report any complaints of policing inefficiency to the Western Cape Police Ombudsman. Additionally, cases of police and military brutality should be reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) or to Military Ombudsman respectively.”

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security at the City of Cape Town, Alderman JP Smith said, “While we have seen a decline in crime, there is no shortage of work for our Law Enforcement officers who have shown time and time again, their dedication to creating a safer city for all. I am proud of the work our officers are doing to assist in the response to COVID-19 through their peace officer powers and other training. I encourage everyone to abide by the lockdown regulations and stay indoors.”

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Media Enquiries: 
Cayla Ann Tomás Murray
Spokesperson for Minister Albert Fritz

Tel: 021 483 8550
Cell: 064 121 7959