Reitumetse Makwea
Journalist
3 minute read
4 Jun 2022
7:00 am

‘People feel a little safe now’: Visible policing helps to end Diepsloot killings

Reitumetse Makwea

However word on the street is that violent clashes are allegedly being planned

Metro police officers speak to a recycler along Diepsloot Road, north of Johannesburg, yesterday. Photo: Nigel Sibanda

Although violent tensions between South Africans and foreign nationals in SA are still running high, Diepsloot community members said the highly visible police presence in the past couple of weeks has helped reduce the random killings and crime in the area. However, some residents expressed disappointment at the government’s efforts to end the crime and intolerance, with many asking how long the visibility of the South African Police Service (Saps) and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) would last. Following Police Minister Bheki Cele’s deployment of the special police teams, immigration officers and JMPD last month, a Diepsloot community member...