Speaking in a recent eNCA interview, police minister Bheki Cele said that there had been a notable decrease in crime in several areas during lockdown Level 3.
- Cash-in-transit heists;
- Bank robberies; and
- House robberies.
However, gender-based violence is currently a major concern; he highlighted the fact that more than 38 000 women were raped in South Africa last year.
He called on community members to report any abuse or violent behaviour before a crime is committed.
Cele said operations by the SAPS would be intensified during the country’s national state of disaster.
Specific measures include:
- The conducting of static roadblocks on all national routes and major routes in order to monitor, control and ensure adherence to the regulations;
- The conducting of vehicle checkpoints, on provincial routes, regional routes, rail routes, main streets in order to monitor, control and ensure adherence to the regulations;
- The conducting of high visibility patrols to monitor, control and ensure adherence to the regulations;
- Designated investigation capacity and case management; and
- Implementation of objects of policing, in accordance with S 205(3) of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa.