by John Moodey MPL – DA Gauteng Leader
The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the swift response by the City of Johannesburg and JMPD on the arrest of seven criminals who mugged and assaulted festival-goers at the Global Citizen Festival in Soweto over the weekend.
The criminal elements that took hold on the streets outside the stadium brought a dark shadow over what was a celebration of unity, diversity and Building One South Africa for All through music and a call to action for change.
Mayor Herman Mashaba’s administration has stated that the JMPD had complied with the requirements for events of this nature. MMC for Public Safety, Cllr Michael Sun, further stated that the JMPD deployment consisted of “236 metro police officers/traffic wardens, 104 JMPD patrol vehicles, 18 JMPD motorbikes and 11 horses.”
This presence was maintained until 07:00 on Monday morning.
The command and coordination events of this nature and magnitude are the competency of National Government through the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS). Therefore, Minister Bheki Cele as the political head of SAPS, which chairs NATJOINTS, needs to explain why SAPS resources were scarce, especially following the event.
Once again, the DA is calling for an honest and professional police service that will keep our communities safe and restore order. Our people cannot live in fear both in their homes and on the streets.