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Metro Police will ensure safety this festive season
​There was no horsing around during the Metro Police Open
Day when the City’s crime fighters showcased their
readiness for the festive season. The Durban Metro Police
Mounted Unit is a firm favourite with the public when they
are spotted trotting around the city centre and galloping on
the beachfront. Picture: PUMLA KHWELA
THE inaugural Metro Police Open Day provided a backdrop of hospitality and showcased committed officers who are determined to ensure that law and order is maintained in the City.

The day began with a colourful motorcade from Oliver Tambo Drive (formerly Marine Parade) on the beachfront. Excited beachgoers and onlookers marvelled at the sight of the motorcade which proceeded to the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Mayor Zandile Gumede, who was joined by Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda officially launched the Metro Police Open Day. MEC Kaunda praised the City for making history when it established the first Metro Police Unit in July 2000. This, he said, inspired other cities to follow suite. “The country’s Freedom Charter clearly states that the people shall govern, not criminals. It is therefore fitting that the Durban Metro Police has declared war against crime during the holiday season and beyond.” Mayor Gumede said the functions of a Municipal police service goes beyond issuing traffic fines. “They are a formidable crime fighting force. This is one of the reasons we have built Metro Police stations in townships.

We will continue to increase the capacity of Metro Police.” During the day’s proceedings, Metro Police officers showcased their professionalism, skill and capacity in dealing with incidents that might threaten the security of residents and visitors during the festive season. Awestruck onlookers and beachgoers were highly impressed with the officers various mock demonstrations. The K9
Unit had the crowd on their feet as the dogs tackled a ‘criminal’. The Mounted Unit that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, performed graceful manoeuvres.

Also popular with the crowd was the anti-hijacking car chase and protest scenarios performed by the Multi-Operational Reaction Unit. The parade not only highlighted the City’s essential services and rich arts and culture, but also promoted the inner city precinct as a vibrant, liveable and productive economic zone.

jessie.singh@durban.gov.za 
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