Western Cape MEC for Community Safety and Police Oversight, Reagen Allen says more boots are needed on the ground to help fight crime across the province.

Allen this week praised the City’s LEAP officers for their role in fighting crime and bringing criminals to book.

He says law enforcement officers serve as force-multipliers that help give vulnerable communities a sense of security.

Allen says LEAP officers arrested 142 suspects between May 2 and 8.

He says the officers were also able to implement more than 10 roadblocks during the period, while more than 340 houses and more than 1 980 vehicles were searched.

Read MEC Allen’s complete statement here.

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Police minister Bheki Cele says more than 4,800 police officers have been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal to assist with law enforcement- and clean-up operations.

Cele provided an update on the current security situation in the province and said the law enforcement officers would be doing duty in the province for the next few weeks.

The Minister says more than 28,000 people have already been assisted, between 8 and 19 April.

Meanwhile, authorities in KZN adjusted the official death toll due to the floods.

The latest confirmed death toll now stands at 435.

Fifty-four people are still missing.

Get the latest flood-related updates here.

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