”It will be safe for everybody residing in Juba,” Reuters quotes President Salva Kiir to have said at the system’s launch.
”Those who snatch things…in the streets can now be traced.., they cannot get away from their crime,” he added.
South Sudan has been dogged by a civil war that erupted in December 2013 after President Kiir accused his then-deputy Riek Machar of plotting to overthrow his government. Machar denied the allegations but then went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight Kiir’s rule.
The war has killed thousands and displaced millions, prompting the United Nations earlier this year to rank the country as Africa’s biggest refugee crisis, coming third worldwide after Syria and Afghanistan.
The capital, Juba, has been gripped by insecurity, even witnessing clashes between rival forces in the country.
Major General Edward Dimitri Lokak, director of the government’s Emergency Call Centre & CCTV, said the new system would help “improve our work to detect crimes and especially the crimes committed by those criminals using weapons.”