TO: ALL MEDIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: 3 APRIL 2023
COMMITTEE COMMENDS REIGER PARK SAPS ON STRIDES MADE TO REDUCE CABLE THEFT
The Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety has commended Reiger Park Police Station’s new Station Commander and his team on their significant strides to reduce prevalent cable theft in Reiger Park.
The Committee visited the Police Station on Friday, 31 March 2023, following numerous complaints from the community about rampant cable theft, which results in unnecessary power outages. These affect the community and businesses alike and contribute to increased crime levels in the area.
During its visit to the Station, the Committee received a report on the successful arrests of the suspected syndicate behind the crime, which also cripples service delivery in the area. The Committee was further briefed regarding a video that was widely circulated on social media early this year where a cable was stolen in front of the Reiger park Police Station and in the presence of the Police.
The Committee is pleased that suspects seen in the video were successfully arrested and that disciplinary action is being instituted against the two (2) members who failed to act while the cable was stolen in their presence.
Committee Chairperson, Honourbale Bandile Masuku, said, “The crime of cable theft in the province affects every resident and continues to be a nightmare that affects Gauteng’s economic growth and undermines the Provincial Government’s efforts to provide much need services to residents.”
He called for “concerted efforts by law enforcement agencies, residents, business and other stakeholders to protect critical infrastructure and end the devastating effects of cable theft that result in economic sabotage and compromises service delivery”.
ISSUED BY GPL’S MEDIA SERVICES ON BEHALF OF CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY SAFETY, HONOURABLE BANDILE MASUKU
For interview requests with the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee please contact: Mr Thebe Khumalo on 072 266 1021 email: TKhumalo@gpl.gov.za
GAUTENG PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE