Mbalula lauded for crime decline in Laudium

Fikile Mbalula.

The dramatic decline in criminal activity in Laudium, west of Pretoria, has been credited to the new police minister, Fikile Mbalula.

A community leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said since Mbalula’s visit to the crime-ridden area a month ago, criminals have gone into hiding.

“Since Mbalula came there has not even been a single robbery or housebreaking, which is something that used to happen on a daily basis,” said the community leader.

He said Mbalula’s visit seemed to have increased police visibility in the area.

“We had been calling for visible policing in the area all along and that was not being taken seriously.”

“Now that there is police visibility, there has not even been one crime reported since the minister came through.”

Residents had previously written to Gauteng MEC of community safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane asking that she intervene after a sudden upsurge of crime in the area late last year during which a number of residents were attacked.

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Earlier this year an elderly woman was attacked by a group of men while at home during the day and a number of appliances were stolen from the house.

Another resident was also hospitalised after he was injured in a shoot-out with robbers in the area in April.

Drug smugglers have also claimed the area as their trading haven.

In April, the police recovered drugs in the area with a street value of R21 000.

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