The crime stats for December 2018 were released by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), and revealed that road fatalities in Johannesburg reduced by 29% over the festive period compared to December 2017.
The number of accidents on our roads also decreased by 28%.
Although one death is one too many, The City is pleased to see such a significant reduction. Our roads are becoming safer and better policed under the leadership of MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun, and Chief of JM Police
JMPD deployed a focused festive season safety campaign which resulted in over 2 700 citation issued. Over 4 500 vehicles were stopped and 93 drivers arrested for drunk driving during this campaign. Across all of the City’s regions, driving under the influence, reckless and negligent driving, and public violence remain big concerns.
Operation Buya Mthetho, a daily ward-based raid initiative spanning across various departments and entities to enforce bylaws and recoup lost revenue due to illegal connections, is once again proving to be successful. Over R118 million in revenue was recovered in December alone by Operation Buya Mthetho efforts.
This is very concerning indeed. Illegal connections are an affront to all residents of Johannesburg. Lost revenue directly impact the City’s ability to maintain our infrastructure and continue projects. The City’s R170 billion infrastructure is of great concern, and already impacts on the City’s ability to deliver quality services. Ultimately, illegal connections hugely obstruct efforts to reduce this backlog.
The JMPD has been compiling monthly statistics since September last year and it has become a tool of reflection for officers as well as a way of informing residents.
Though policing remains a provincial and national competency, per the Constitution, within its limited mandate, the City’s JMPD is working hard to increase the levels of safety within our communities.
Alongside this, we will continue work with our law enforcement authorities to see to it that where arrests are made by JMPD, these cases are not only investigated but also properly prosecuted by law enforcement authorities.
Residents can report illegal activities to the following numbers:
• Anti-Corruption Hotline: 0800 203 712;
• Traffic Management Hotline: 080 872 3342;
• JMPD Emergency number: 011 375 5911 / 011 758 9620; and
• Illegal Dumping: 082 779 1361 (WhatsApp or SMS along with clear photos).