The City of Joburg Public Safety MMC David Tembe deployed more than 100 officers from the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) to help the South African Police Service (Saps) fight crime in Eldorado Park.
The JMPD deployment has been made to curb the rampant crime in Eldorado Park. It comes after two teenagers where killed in a shootout during the weekend.
Crime in Eldorado Park
The community then set up tents and camped outside a police station from Monday demanding that government addresses the issues faced by Eldorado Park, including murders, gangs, drugs, guns and corrupt cops.
The residents said they submitted a memorandum of demands to the police station last month but they have not seen any action taken.
They vowed to continue camping outside the police station until they see boots on the ground.
Tembe said JMPD officers will be monitoring hotspot areas in Eldorado Park.
Addressing the community outside the police station on Thursday, Tembe said the officers will be stationed in the area for three months.
“They will be on the street, what we are going to do, starting tonight, is have police visibility. It means we are going to have road side checks, not road blocks and it will be done on a 24/7 shift.
“We made a commitment together with the Saps today to the community…. In fact on Tuesday two women were raped, we cannot let these things to go on,” said Tembe.
He said about 13 people have died in the area in two weeks as a result of gun violence.