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DA pledges to install cameras to fight crime

The DA intends to spend millions to install cameras and fight crime in Nelson Mandela Bay

The announcement was made by Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Nqaba Bhanga as the election race heats up. 

He was flanked by DA federal council chair Helen Zille, mayoral committee member for safety and security John Best and the party’s provincial chair, Andrew Whitfield.

Bhanga said they would introduce analytic cameras worth R3.5m in all corners of the Bay to “catch the criminals on the spot”.

He said the shot-spotter devices had been successfully tested in Cape Town and later introduced to Gqeberha.

He said due to the high crime rate in the metro, in 2016 the DA-led coalition implemented the project, which was later terminated by the ANC and EFF coalition government.

But Bhanga said the project was reintroduced in December 2020 when the DA came back into power.

He also said they would hire more metro police officers to work together with the neighbourhood watch patrollers.

“The devices would be placed everywhere, more especially the [crime] hotspots, and the technology is advanced with face recognition that would enable us to catch the culprits,” he said.

Best said the cameras had “movie-like” definition and would assist the police in clamping down on crime in the city.


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