A total of 200 cops have been deployed on the Cape Flats in an effort to bring down crime.
The members were inspected by Police Minister Bheki Cele during a parade in Belhar on Wednesday, where he warned skollies and other criminals that their days were numbered.
“In the next 72 hours, we will collect all our ‘clients’ in the province, whether extortionists, murderers, rapists, thieves and all those who break the law.
“This week is a very intensive week,” he told the officers.
He said the officers would be stationed in Khayelitsha, Delft, Kraaifontein, Nyanga, Harare, Philippi East precincts.
He said the Western Cape remained ‘stubborn’ when it came to crime.
“It remains stubborn in several crime categories. Out of 30 top crime stations, you would find that more than 10 of those stations come from this province, especially from this city.”
In the last quarter of 2020, the province recorded an 11.2% increase in reported murders, against the same period the previous year.
Referring to the spike in gang violence in Hanover Park and Manenberg that saw several children and other innocent injured, maimed and even killed, he said cops will come down hard on gangsters over the next few weeks.
“We are here to say, there is no co-governance with criminality here.”
He also made a brief reference to extortion syndicates, saying he was pleased with progress with the cases.
Acting provincial police commissioner Thembisile Patekile said: “Those who know that the police are looking for them must hand themselves over to the police stations, because they will be found and arrested.”
He said they would be working on finding illegal firearms and other dangerous weapons used to commit crimes.