By Bosman Grobler MPL, Spokesperson on Community Safety and Security:
DA Mpumalanga welcomes the arrest of four men by the hawks in connection with a hijacking and one of the suspects has been linked to rhino poaching.
Over the weekend, a motorist was stopped by bogus metro cops, who threatened him with a firearm and threw him into the boot of his car. The suspects drove him to his house and allegedly stole goods and money worth about R400, 000.
A search for the hijacked vehicle led to the arrest of the men and the discovery of two rhino horns.
Just this week it was revealed that carjacking in the province has increased by 41.8% in the past year, as a result Mpumalanga is now ranked 5th in the country for this crime.
It is imperative that the Provincial Police Commissioner, Dumisa Magadlela together with MEC for Safety and Security, Vusi Shongwe engage the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko on the introduction and implementation of specialised units into the SAPS, like the introduction of Rural Safety Units and anti-gang and drug units.
The country would be far safer with a competent, highly equipped police force that can turn the tide against crime. We also need an effective justice system.