The proposed security plan involved the deployment of well over 20 000 security personnel, including crime intelligence and tactical response teams which are backed up by the air wing, the Phoenix Sun reported.
This initiative was announced at the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cabinet Security Cluster meeting, chaired by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu.
“We are satisfied with all the efforts have been made to ensure that the people of KZN have a safe and incident free festive season.
“We, however, call on the people to be alert, co-operate with security agencies and report any suspicious incident to the police immediately.
The reality is that safety and security is our collective responsibility,” said Mchunu.
Part of this massive security plan has already swung into action, starting by providing security to those writing matric examinations in the province and will run until the re-opening of schools in January 2015.
Among others, the plan will see the manning of road blocks around the province to ensure the safety of the people and the visitors during this busy period.
The plan has a plethora of measures to respond to variety crimes such as cash in transit robberies, ATM bombings, rural safety, crimes that are directed at farmers and stock theft.
In this regard, communication has already been rolled out to caution people, businesses and stokvels to avoid or be careful when withdrawing large amounts of money.
The plan will now be tabled at the provincial cabinet.
Last month, a man was robbed of R1.3 million at KZN mall.
The man and his wife were allegedly on their way to deposit the money at a bank when an unknown car stopped next to them.
It is alleged three suspects robbed them of a bag which contained cash at gun point.
The suspects fled the crime scene and no arrests or recovery had been made.
– Caxton News Service