- Mar 26, 2010
LOCAL police have launched a 24-hour hotline to try and curb the growing trend of extortion in and around townships in the city.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said that “weekly operational assessment sessions are convened to determine impact and identify shifts and displacement in the pattern”.
Potelwa added that police have been monitoring a concerning pattern in some identified areas within the Cape Town metropole and a few outlying communities outside the City where reports of business owners being threatened to pay protection money in return for the safety of businesses and property.
“Unfortunately, reports of protection money at the disposal of police have either been relayed through third parties or mainstream and social media. A common thread in these incidents is that the primary victims of the extortion phenomenon rarely report cases to police,” said Potelwa.
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