I welcome the launch of the Western Cape Government’s Tourism Safety Unit (TSU), as well as the expansion of the City of Cape Town’s own TSU, which I attended yesterday.
Visitors to our beautiful province can rest assured that the DA-led Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town are ready to receive them with open arms. We will go the extra mile to ensure that they can experience all our province has to offer – safely.
The City’s unit comprises 28 dedicated Law Enforcement Officers, and the Provincial Government’s unit is made up of 26 graduates of the Chrysalis Academy. These units will operate in addition to normal security and policing personnel.
This will help to ensure that tourists can freely move around our famous attractions, like Table Mountain, Waterfront and Long Street, with the knowledge that law enforcement is keeping a watchful eye.
Crime should not be a deterring factor from visiting our province which is why these units will ensure more visible policing in high-activity areas to act as a deterrent to would-be criminals.
Should a tourist be a victim of a contact crime, they can also give a statement through one of the TSU officers, rather than having to visit a SAPS station, and the unit is also in contact with consulates should any important travel documentation be stolen.
The TSU programmes will be promoted to consulates as well as tourism industry role-players to ensure travellers are aware of the support available to them.
Safety remains a top priority wherever the DA governs, and these dedicated units serve to demonstrate this commitment on the ground.
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