Lack of police intelligence creates opportunities for Zama Zamas
5 August 2022
Note to Editors: Please find attached soundbite by Okkie Terblanche MP.
The DA calls on the national commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) General Fannie Masemola to appoint a national head of crime intelligence as a matter of urgency.
Despite SAPS’ recent operations on illegal mining enterprises, following the horrific rapes of eight women in Krugersdorp, a connection between the so-called Zama Zamas that were arrested and the crime have yet to be proven.
While the DA welcomes the action by SAPS, belated as it might be, this tragedy could possibly have been avoided had the police and government made any real effort to address the illegal mining activities prevalent all over South Africa. Reactive policing when there is public outcry following atrocious villainy will not put a dent in South Africa’s sky-high crime statistics.