Public Safety is measured not simply by the absence of crime, but also by the presence of fairness and justice. The department’s objective is to build a city where life, property and are safe and secure so that residents and businesses can live and thrive.
It’s because of that mission, that ActionSA’s MMC Tembe saw it necessary, to reintroduce Operation Buya Mthetho on behalf of the multiparty City of Johannesburg government, after taking office in December 2021. It’s in that regard that the press conference served as an opportunity, to highlight what the department has achieved thus far.
Operation Buya Mthetho is a multi-disciplinary initiative, that aims to enforce by-laws, through strategic operations across the city of Johannesburg. It drives efforts on visible patrols, daily roadside checkpoints, major roadblocks, and multiple joint operations with other law enforcement agencies or departments, community organisations and the public it serves to address.
We are responsible to the people that have elected us. And so, it is important that we are accountable and transparent. The press conference gave a breakdown of the successes and challenges faced by the city.
These include all arrests, impoundments, traffic citations and all categories of crimes that JMPD officers are duly empowered to deal with.
The following are some of the highlights, among others, that demonstrate the effectiveness of Operation Buya Mthetho in fighting crime in the city:
In terms of by-laws, from January 2022- June 2022, the department removed a total of 1 540 shacks, took down over 20 000 illegal posters, impounded 5390 perishable goods, and impounded 1600kg cables removed and impounded 53 rubble removal trucks- just to name a few.
Some of the highlights included the arrests of 8 suspects for possession of stolen copper worth R1 million in Jeppestown. 2 suspects were also nabbed for human trafficking in the Johannesburg CBD. Joint operations saw 25 scrapyards being raided. In addition, liquor outlets were also raided, and second-hand goods impounded.
Public Safety is also in the process of creating an infrastructure unit, to help better protect vulnerable infrastructure in the city. The department is also working hard on dealing with illegal immigration.
All these things will be reported every month in order to restore the public’s confidence in our law enforcement efforts. We owe it to the residents of Johannesburg.