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Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens To Be Granted Peace Officer status

Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens To Be Granted Peace Officer status – The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, has designated the Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens as Peace Officers as outlined in section 334 of the Criminal Procedures Act, 1977.

This follows a request made by the Gauteng Provincial Government in June 2023 to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services to designate the Crime Prevention Wardens as Peace Officers.

According to section 334(1)(a) of the Criminal Procedure Act 1997, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services has the authority to confer Peace Officer status to any person by their office to exercise power under the Criminal Procedure Act, any offence, or any designated class of offences.

After conducting a thorough analysis of the applicable legal frameworks, it was determined that for the Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens to exercise Peace Officer powers, they must assume the same legal status as Gauteng Provincial Traffic Officers. Provincial Traffic Officers currently carry out their duties within the ambit of their Peace Officer designation supported by the necessary framework.

“We welcome this announcement that finally clarifies the uncertainty over the status of the Crime Prevention Wardens. This announcement affirms what we have said all along, that the CPWS are a legal, well-equipped provincial law enforcement body that collaborates with other law enforcement organizations in the province. They operate under the supervision of the other law enforcement agencies, i.e Gauteng Traffic and local authorities”, said Premier Lesufi.

Issued by the Gauteng Provincial Government

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