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Cape Town Law Enforcement Embraces New Tech: Body-Worn and Dash Cameras

Published September 21, 2023
8 months ago

In a progressive step towards modern policing, the City of Cape Town is set to unveil body-worn and dash cameras that law enforcement officers will use as part of their regular duties.



JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety, championed the initiative stating that the implementation of this technology aligns with international best practices aimed at improving policing. Smith emphasised the transformative potential of body cameras in instilling a culture of accountability among officers, and in enhancing evidence gathering for successful prosecution of criminal cases.


Last month, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson, Xolani Fihla, echoed the sentiment, expressing hope in officers being equipped with body cameras next year. The goal is to use these cameras as a tool to root out corruption within law enforcement ranks. Fihla stated that this technology will not only help amass evidence and increase conviction rates for traffic law violators, but will also serve a dual purpose in augmenting officer safety.



The move comes as a stepping stone following recent case of extensive corruption within the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD), which led to the city advising motorists to record interactions with police officers to combat harassment. Reports reveal more than 200 current officers have criminal records, with crimes involving bribery, extortion, assault and even armed robbery.


The introduction of body and dash cameras signals the city's commitment in the quest for transparency, accountability, and overall improvement in law enforcement practices.


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