The City of Cape Town offers cash rewards to anyone with valuable information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen goods or contraband. The return on investment has been huge since the launch of the City’s initiative to reward informants which sees members of the public paid a small amount in cash in exchange for blowing the whistle on crime.
Since the initiative was launched in October 2013, the amount initially offered was R1,000, but it has since increased to R5,000. The Informant Reward System has a dedicated line for those wanting to offer tips for a reward. However, informants don’t have to testify to claim their rewards. You may also remain anonymous, if you fear retribution and don’t mind forfeiting the reward.
According to Safety MMC JP Smith, the snitching programme works because the City has made dozens of arrests and recovered stolen goods and contraband worth millions of rands, courtesy of its Informant Reward System. In an interview with The Cape Talk, he said that they started this initiative specifically in relation to drug and firearm tip-offs.
If you want to offer a tip-off and claim a reward, call 0800 11 00 77.