Operation Okae Molao? Keeping Tabs on Crime

The latest crime statistics are reportedly on a downward trend generally except for some contact crimes such as murder that remains on an upward trend.
Facilitating interventions to take crime further down, Gauteng Province Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko launched operation “O Kae Molao” at the Meadowlands SAPS, on Thursday, 27 August 2020. Accompanied by officers she conducted a walk about in the proximal Meadow Point and Ndofaya shopping malls educating patrons about crime prevention and interacting with patrons distributing pamphlets on the prevention of sexual offences, and precautions to follow to avoid Covid-19 infection. Teaming up with the security clusters a number of road block were set up in surrounds including a crime detection exercise in Florida.

The emphasis of the campaign as the MEC had also alluded to her speech in efforts to combat crime in addition to the Department’s fundamental role of oversight during her briefing session encouraged pro-active engagement against crime reduction rather than being reactive. The operation was also to lend support and re-enforcement to the local SAPS stations.
According to Sergeant Mavuso these crime preventative and awareness campaigns are performed weekly, especially more so with the advent of Covid 19, with each one inclusive of the members of the Gauteng Department of Community Safety.

During the road block in Florida drivers that were pulled-over with their passengers were screened to detect possible infection by Covid 19. According to Sister Innie Mokeona, of the Gauteng Department of Health advised that during the higher levels of lock down, testing was also conducted at such operations but currently, for the more efficient allocation of resources, only screening continues to be performed with referrals for testing to those found to be with acute symptoms of Covid 19.
The Gauteng Province government has announced its target of 50 % crime reduction rate from its base points.

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