The City of Johannesburg has deployed 1 800 metro police officers to the streets of Johannesburg to deal with lawlessness in the CBD, reports News24.

The deployment is part of Operation Buya Mthetho (bring back the law).

It is a multi-disciplinary project involving all city departments, the police, SARS and Department of Home Affairs. Public Safety MMC David Tembe urged people to work with the city to maintain law and order in Johannesburg.

We are going to reclaim our city from lawlessness, illegal dumping, criminality and the hijacking of our buildings. We want our city to be safe and secure for our people to live and walk freely without fear of criminals,' Tembe said.

Officers will be responsible for block-by-block patrol, stop and search operations, visible policing and undercover operations.

‘We are going to patrol this city 24/7. There will be boots on the ground. We expect everyone in the inner city to have the correct documentation. Street vendors and traders must comply with our by-laws.’

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