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Making Joburg safe over the festive season Print E-mail
05 December 2012
The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and the Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS) will be out in full force over the next few days in an inspired bid to make this year’s festive season the safest ever.
The city’s law enforcement agencies have set in motion an intensive public safety campaign under the theme “Operation Masiphephe” to increase safety awareness and reduce fatalities and injuries. The robust campaign was launched by the MMC for Public Safety Sello Semao on Tuesday.
The campaign is aimed at mobilising Johannesburg communities to work with law enforcement officers in line with the city’s Growth and Development (GDS) 2040 strategy, through the city which seeks to create resilient, sustainable and liveable environments.
“Through this campaign the city seeks to create a safe environment for all residents and to reduce crime through visible policing on main arterials. [It also seeks to create] an extensive public education drive aimed at empowering communities to respect themselves and the environment they live in. Ours is to create conscious communities who work with authorities to create liveable communities,” said MMC Lemao. 
In an attempt to have a fatality-free festive season, both JMPD and EMS will embark on a zero-tolerance campaign, which will include a marked increase in visibility, rapid roadside checks, road policing, bylaw enforcement as well as stop-and-search drives.
Abel Nkosi, JMPD’s acting director, said “trouble spots” in and around the city had already been identified and would be “pepped” up during the festive season. These areas will be monitored and policed by up to 40 officers per identified site until the end of the festive season to ensure increased safety and security for all.
“We want communities to work with us to ensure increased safety for all. We appeal to members of the community to work with us to curb corruption. Report incidents to the anonymous hotline 0800 002 587 or sms 32840,” Nkosi said.
The irresponsible use of alcohol would also not be tolerated. “Be warned, drinking and driving will not be tolerated. Correct procedures will be followed and those breaking the law will face its full wrath. Safety is our collective responsibility. We will be operating with military-style efficiency. We are combat ready to tackle issues,” said MMC Lemao. 
EMS Chief Tshepo Makola reassured members of the public that his department would be ready and prepared to deploy its personnel should the need arise. “We will indeed be able to respond to high volumes of calls,” he added.
In case of an emergency, please call 10177 from a landline or 112 from your cellphone.
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Last Updated on 19 December 2012