Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Sasolburg: In a quest to ensure to ensure that the citizens of the Free State are and feel safe, the NEC for Police Roads and Transport, Mr. Sam Mashinini launched the Provincial Safer Festive Season Operations in Zamdela Multipurpose Centre under the theme #Zizojika Izinto- turning the tide against crime on Monday, 11 November 2019.

The launch was coupled with the formalization of the Anti-Gang Unit, the Bikers Squad, and the Community in Blue Concept. The launch was proceeded by various Crime Prevention operations in Zamdela and Sasolburg hotspots areas on Sunday the 10 Nov as well as project harmony activities where the Provincial Commissioner engaged with shop owners, shoppers and commuters in malls and taxi rank around Sasolburg.

During the launch, the Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Operational Services Major General Solly Lesia handed over the Operational Plan to the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Moeketsi Sempe.

The Provincial Commissioner explained to the community that the Operational Plan is a document that is going to be used to minimise criminal activities in the Free State. With regard to the established team he said, the Anti-Gang Unit comprises of Public Order Policing, Vispol, Detectives, and Crime Intelligence will assist in dealing with gang related issues in the Province.

The Biking Squad which will be based in Bloemfontein for now will be used to enforce the activation plan in incidents that are not accessible with vehicles. The CPF and Patrollers were given reflector jackets that will make them visible and identifiable.

In response to the questions posed by the community, the National Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole emphasised on the opportunities that will be created in the SAPS for youth. These includes reviewing the contract of fixing police vehicles to include small businesses where youths will get an opportunity to fix police cars.

He also said that there will be a car wash project for State vehicles, where other Government departments will be brought on board to wash cars at identified places. He also said that members who involves themselves in politics and crime are not tolerated and are dealt with as such.

He ended by saying that various forces will be engaged in stabilisation and normalisation phases so as to ensure the safety of all citizens during the festive season and requested that the community should work with them. In closing the MEC for Police Roads and Transport, Mr Sam Mashinini requested all political parties to work together in the fight against crime as it affects everyone irrespective of affiliation.

He also explained the importance of the community understanding on why other people are not allowed to divulge information publicly, which is due to the sensitivity of information given, as well as to ensure their safety. He ended by saying teams that were introduced, will not be effective if the community is not compliant.