The City of Joburg MMC for public safety, Dr Mgcini Tshwaku, has addressed a video that surfaced online, featuring a man warning law enforcement and immigration officers against visiting Fordsburg due to alleged corruption and extortion. The video sparked strong reactions and calls for accountability from various individuals, including EFF leader Julius Malema.
In response to the video, Tshwaku visited Fordsburg to investigate the claims made by the man in the video. According to the man, an alleged criminal has been terrorizing businesses in the area, demanding protection money and threatening to involve law enforcement and immigration officials in conducting searches.
Tshwaku assured the community that his department would thoroughly investigate the allegations and take appropriate action. He expressed concern that if such incidents are not addressed promptly, they may spread to other communities, including township businesses.
Gareth Newham, the Head of Justice and Violence Prevention at the Institute for Security Studies, highlighted the increase in organized crime, such as cash-in-transit heists and extortion, which has had a detrimental impact on the economy. Newham emphasized the need for a comprehensive plan to combat the decline in policing and effectively tackle these criminal networks.
The City of Joburg remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of its residents and businesses. The allegations of corruption and extortion in Fordsburg are being taken seriously, and appropriate measures will be implemented to address these issues and restore confidence in law enforcement.
SAPS and immigration officers have been warned not to come to Fordsburg by illegal immigrants pic.twitter.com/S6CTy9BrbP
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