The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Mr Francois Beukman said the committee believes that the Anti-gang Unit should be formally established in the Eastern Cape to further strengthen the fight against gang violence in the affected Northern Areas and other precincts in the province.
The committee was impressed with the dedication and commitment of the South African Police Service (SAPS) specialised gang unit members and the Operational Command Centre in Port Elizabeth (PE), which deals with organised crime. "The units and members need more resources, including technological resources," Mr Beukman said.
The committee is of the view that available police resources in the Eastern Cape should be used to deal with the increase in firearm crime in the province. Furthermore, six additional law-enforcement steps should be implemented at the affected police stations to deal with gang-related crime:
1) Vetting and lifestyle audits of all Saps members attached to the stations
3) Filling of all vacancies in the visible policing and detective units
4) Intelligence-led operations by specialised units on a regular basis
5) High police visibility and patrols in hot-spot areas
Community members and councillors raised their concerns with service delivery in certain police stations, and these concerns were brought to the attention of national and provincial management for resolution.
(With Inputs from APO)