The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, has commended members of the public for a tip-off they gave him about a planned robbery that led to the killing of a suspect and the arrest of two others by the Drug Unit of the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) in Mamelodi early this morning.
A concerned member of the public, obviously fed up with the rising level of crime, anonymously contacted Msimanga and informed him about a planned robbery at a filling station near the Denlyn Shopping Centre in Mamelodi West.
The Executive Mayor alerted the leadership of the TMPD who staked out the area. When the suspects saw the police, they opened fire, but the two brave Drug Unit members retaliated and managed to fatally wound one suspect and arrested two others. A total of 93 spent cartridges were recovered at the crime scene.
"We are a caring government that listens to the cries and complaints of our crime-ridden communities. Fighting crime is not the responsibility of government alone; communities need to work with us in order to rid the country of the crime scourge. The foiling of this robbery through information received from the community is a demonstration that working jointly with our communities can yield better results. Some community members often complain about reporting crime and nothing happens, but when I received this tip-off, I swiftly acted on it and ensured that action was taken," Msimanga said.
Msimanga encouraged members of the public to emulate the concerned resident whose information led to the foiling of the armed robbery by reporting crime and service delivery challenges.
"This is a demonstration that when our communities talk, we listen. I would like to encourage our communities not to grow tired of complaining because we are a caring government that listens. I also wish to salute the bravery of our cops who risked their lives by confronting an armed gang and came out tops," Msimanga added.
The public is encouraged to report crime anonymously to the TMPD call centre on 012 358 7095/6, or on 082 891 8625.