Port Elizabeth – Minister of Police Bheki Cele has vowed to rid Port Elizabeth’s northern areas of gangsterism.
Cele was in Port Elizabeth for the second time to engage with community members following a scourge of gang-related violence and killings in the city’s northern areas.
The minister visited Bethelsdorp with National Police Commissioner General Khehle Sithole and police top brass, following his initial visit to the area last week.
In November at least 10 people were killed in the city’s northern areas. Cele announced that a new police station would be built in Booysens Park within the next 10 months and that 42 police officers would be deployed to deal with ongoing gang violence in Nelson Mandela Bay’s northern areas which include Gelvandale, Helenvale, Booysens Park and Bethelsdorp.
Cele said an additional 30 officers would be added to the team to specifically deal with gang-related incidents in the Metro and they will form part of the existing task team which will later be developed into a permanent anti-gang unit.
“I would like to come about April – June to open such a station. The police station we requested is a park home. That is a commitment we make. It is no longer a promise, it is a commitment,” said Cele.
“We were here seven days ago and promised to come with extra resources. When we left