The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) strongly condemn the recent spate of cash in transit heists which have taken place within and around our communities over the past weeks.

These aggressive acts of violence are becoming a worrying concern as they have not only endangered the lives of our people but are increasingly generating a mood of fear and panic among the populace.

At the hands of these reprobate elements, our country has suffered over 5 cash in transit heists since the past week, and these aggressive eventualities point to the fact that we still have an enormous challenge with the eradication of the many illegal firearms that are in the hands of criminal elements, regularly utilised to rob people of their lives and property. This is an issue needy of speedy, special attention.

Criminals are clearly growing in confidence for numerous reasons. While continued instability within the intentionally bloated top management structures of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the infighting within the criminal justice sector continues, attention is unnecessarily consumed at the expense of confronting and ridding our communities of such unconventional acts demonstrated in pure daylight.

We call upon the newly-appointed Minister of Police to act swiftly in bringing about the long-awaited stability within the SAPS through, among others, bringing an end to these internal battles that have diverted the actual work of combating crime.

We trust that this new era will definitely lead to the essential improvements needed in ensuring stakeholders like communities are encouraged in jointly fighting crime by working together with law enforcement agencies in exposing these criminal acts and creating safer societies for all.

Issued by POPCRU on 04/04/2017


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