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Mashaba launches CCTV Monitoring System in Vilakazi Street

by Mamudima Ndlovu

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba launched the CCTV Anti-crime Monitoring System on the historical Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto.

Vilakazi Street is the most famous street in the huge Soweto township in Johannesburg.

During the memorial service of the slain Khwesi Hudson, Mashaba said the murder was an attack on the economy of the (Gauteng) province and that the crime was equivalent to treason.

Delivering on his promise to install CCTV cameras, Mashaba said the system will enhance the safety of business owners, the public and tourists visiting the street.

Vilakazi Street is known for the only street in the world where the homes of two Nobel Prize laureates, Former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are situated. Over the years it has grown to be Soweto’s main tourist attraction which generates millions every month towards the economy.

The 25 fully installed CCTV cameras that went live during the event, run on fibre-optics and will be monitored 24hours by the police.

The owner of the popular Sakhumzi restaurant, Sakhumzi Maqubela expressed gratitude for Mashaba’s efforts and stated during his speech, “The mayor makes things happen.”