Khehla Sitole, national police commissioner says that specialized police units will be used to try to combat farm attacks and murders across the country.
In his submission to the committee, Sitole said, among other things, that the latest statistics would show that there had been a 2.7% decrease in the 17 community-related crimes in the past financial year.
On farm attacks and killings that are currently plaguing the country, Sitole told MPs that the police will now pay additional attention to it and that he can confirm that the police have activated its rural security plan.
“We are also strengthening our specialized units in this area. I recently signed off on six specialized units to help with that. We now also have dedicated investigations that will focus on that.
“We are also currently mobilizing the agricultural unions and rural communities and we will in future also activate sector policing and neighborhood watches in rural areas.”
Sitole further told MPs that the crimes that are still high in South Africa are the types that instill the worst fear in the public and that drive investors out of the country.
“Car hijackings are worrying. It is organized crime and therefore we want to focus on the syndicates responsible for it. We also want to focus on the markets. If we can combat it, we can prevent other crimes as well. ”
If we can destroy syndicates, we can fight all the crimes they are involved in.
According to Sitole, the police will also strengthen its response to gender-based violence.