The KwaZulu-Natal transport‚ Community Safety and Liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda gave a message to the law enforcment agencies on Wednesday.
“Police must not die with guns in their hands or at the hands of criminals. Instead they must fight fire with fire”.
That was the message presented as he plans to fight crime and road accidents at the Westville Prison.
The concerned MEC was not promoting the Men and women in blue to trigger-happy or abuse their power as over 27‚000 personnel from the integrated law enforcement agencies will be deployed in the province during the festive season.
The plan will‚ focus mainly on aggravated armed robberies‚ crime involving firearms‚ liquor and second-hand goods‚ crime against women and children and people with disabilities‚ enforcement of by-laws‚ road safety and border security.
He insisted the officers to operate 24 hours conducting patrols to ensure the safety of local community and not to allow them to be labelled as “abafana baka drink” known as accepting cold drink bribes.
“It is our considered view that we must mount a collective battle and be united in the fight against all forms of crime which terrorise our communities”.
With the crime statistic increasing rapidly in KwaZulu-Natal yearly due to the festive season, about 14‚000 people die on SA roads annually.
For a number of years, KZN has been accounted for the biggest number of road deaths in the country‚ especially during the Easter and festive season holiday periods.