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Police need your help

Written by Noluthando Mkhize
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has appealed to the public to help in the nabbing and tracing 25 suspects wanted in connection with various crimes committed countrywide.

Crimes alleged to have been committed by the suspects range from robbery, fraud, murder and rape.

Over the years partnerships between the SAPS and members of the public have been, and continue to be fruitful and have led to the arrest, successful prosecution and imprisonment of many criminals.

The National Development Plan also indicates that local-level communities play an active role in community safety. To achieve a safe and secure society by 2030, there needs to be an integrated approach to make safety and security a reality for all South Africans.

Last year Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said during his Budget vote that partnerships between police and communities was important in the fight against crime.

“In pursuing our ideal of a safe and secure environment, we are conscious of the fact that our role as the police service is at the tail end of this process. It is for these reasons that we are advocating for an integrated approach to issues of policing and social stability.

“For us to succeed in this approach we need to work with other organs of state, business, non-governmental organisations, research and tertiary institutions,” said Minister Nhleko at the time.

The SAPS has urged anyone with information on the whereabouts of these suspects to contact the respective investigating officers or alternatively, Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS the information to Crime Line on 32211. Anyone who provides information will remain anonymous.