Hi-Tech ups its game to combat crime

Hi-Tech CSG Holding is living up to its promise of persistently fighting for community safety.

“We will not stand back. In light of recent threats and the death of Mr Isaac Masinga that shocked us to the core, we are changing our contingency plans,” said Hi-Tech CSG Lowveld’s manager, Mr Johnny Kerswill.

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“People do not always realise what our officials are exposed to, especially in rural areas. They face grave danger every day,” added Kerswill. He recently deployed operational specialist Mr Callum MacPherson to the area, to look at new ways of fighting crime.

Former police officer Mr Lappies Labuschagne, who is now Hi-Tech Northern Region’s newly appointed response manager, has been selected to specialise in rural areas. “He has lots of experience and knowledge of rural townships, making him a huge asset to the area,” said MacPherson. Hi-Tech arrested a suspected car thief and the recovered the vehicle he allegedly stole during a special operation near Bushbuckridge last week.

VIDEO: Suspected car-thief jumps from moving vehicle during chase

The operation, which focused on the northern region of the province, involved Hi-Tech Lowveld CSG Holdings and Bossies Community Justice. While being chased, the suspect jumped out of the moving vehicle and fled into a nearby township, leaving it to crash into a stone wall.

“Hazyview and surrounding rural regions are being hit hard by crime and therefore we need to get them into a new frame of mind,” added MacPherson. He explained that in the future Hazyview will boast a Hi-Tech special services unit, consisting of well-trained and heavily armed members.

“This unit will operate in the Kiepersol area and will focus on serious incidents and will also be available as backup to Hi-Tech members operating in the rural areas,” said MacPherson.

Stefan de Villiers

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