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sapsPretoria News reports that the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, has advised that SA police officers will not be taking annual leave this festive season as robust plans were in motion to curb expected crimes.  

Cele said a decision was taken that all senior generals would also not be permitted to take annual leave but would instead be deployed to assist their colleagues in confronting crime on the streets.  Addressing the media last week, the minister explained that this was being done to employ more manpower to curb the violence and crime during the festive break.  He said people could expect to see constant blue lights from police vehicles and increased police patrols and visibility throughout the festive period.  This will be on trains, in buses at bus stops and malls, taxi ranks, and various public areas.  Cele said the police had noticed that criminals have increasingly been staging brazen robberies in malls and on the roads by attacking cash vans.  The latest crime statistics showed that cash-in-transit robberies have decreased by over 23%, while bank robberies and car hi-jacking have also come down.  Cele also condemned gender-based violence, which occurred even while the country was still observing 16 Days of Activism against it.

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