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The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Johannesburg is deeply concerned by recent reports involving members of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) who were reportedly involved in an attempted truck hijacking on the N12 on 19 August 2023.
The DA received confirmation from a reliable source that one of the JMPD members was indeed apprehended alongside 14 other suspects for their alleged involvement in a truck hijacking crime.
The suspects’ audacious attempt to hijack a truck was thwarted thanks to the swift and coordinated efforts of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) joint operation team.
This operation resulted in the seizure of several unlicensed firearms, jamming devices, five stolen vehicles, and an estimated R3.2 million worth of stolen or hijacked goods.
Law enforcement agencies are entrusted with the critical duty to serve and protect. Instances where those who are meant to uphold the law become implicated in criminal activities erode the fragile trust that remains between the public and the police force. Unfortunately, incidents like these contribute to the erosion of public confidence in law enforcement.
The DA firmly upholds the principle that South Africa requires a robust and effective law enforcement system. It is imperative that law enforcement agencies operate with integrity and accountability to ensure that individuals are held responsible for their criminal actions.
While the matter is currently undergoing investigation, we are committed to facilitating an open and transparent dialogue with the JMPD in order to relay accurate information to our constituents.
Furthermore, we will scrutinize the Department of Public Safety and the JMPD to strengthen the management and discipline of their personnel. We firmly believe that the actions of a few should not overshadow the dedication and hard work of the many. We, however, cannot allow the JMPD to become an accessory to crime in a country where law enforcement agencies have so much to prove already.