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Closed-circuit television cameras in Gauteng could help combat crime

The Gauteng government’s plan to install 20 000 closed-circuit television cameras in the province over the next three years is a step in the right direction in the fight against crime.

The FF Plus is, however, not convinced that the police force will be able to handle the extra pressure because of its lack of manpower and resources.

It is general knowledge that the province lacks the manpower to combat crime effectively. There are not enough vehicles, weapons, ammunition and even stationary to help police officers fulfil their task of successfully combating crime.

The installation of these cameras will inevitably result in more cases.

The Gauteng government plans to install 6 500 cameras in the 2023/24 financial year, 6 500 in 2024/25 and 7 000 in 2025/26.

The cameras will be installed over the next three financial years at various hot spots in the West Rand, Sedibeng, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Diepsloot.

The first phase will be rolled out in the Ekurhuleni Metro, where the first 144 cameras will be installed at an amount of R16 million.

The aim is to improve the safety and security of communities through the effective monitoring of criminal activities.

The FF Plus will keep a close eye on the project and hold the provincial government accountable if it is not implemented successfully.

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