Monday, 28 December 2020
Bloemfontein: The Provincial commissioner of Free State; Lt. General Baile Motswenyane, reaffirmed to Free State community that police will be visible to prevent and combat crime, maintain public order, to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property, as it is stated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and Constitutional mandate of the Department for Safety and Security and the South African Police Service (SAPS).
She said measures were put in place this festive season to curb the rate of crime in the Free State evident with the distribution of 138 new vehicles in the province. Men and Women in blue are deployed in numbers in various areas to continue with extensive operations after the Operation Safer Festive Season that was launched in Phuthaditjhaba on 30 October 2020.
Successes: SAPS in partnership with different departments embarked on joint operations from 21- 28 December 2020 around the province in continuation of safer festive season. A total al number of 613 people were arrested on different crimes including murders, robbery, assault, burglaries, fraud, and rape, sexual offences and theft.
The suspects will appear in various courts in the province. During this operation, 12 firearms were confiscated bringing the total number to 909 firearms, ammunition and parts of firearms recovered. This includes those that were handed over to the police under Firearm Amnesty period as declared by minister of Police, General Bheki Cele which commenced from 01 August 2020 to 31 January 2021.
The total number of 9 Livestock and produce were also confiscated. Other confiscations includes bicycles, cellphones, clothing, gas bottles, knives and other items were also recovered with the total number of 554.
Police also issued and executed 45 warrants were issued and executed. Confiscation of liquor after closing several shebeens totaled 1 815 350 ml including mandrax, cocaine, Khat, Methcathinone, Tik-Tik and Cannabis (dagga) drugs.
1. Community is urged to work in partnership with the police.
2. Community is encouraged guard their property and look after children.
3. People to be vigilant when using bank ATMs.
4. Motorists are urged not to leave valuables in the vehicle whilst it is not attended.
5. People should avoid investing in unknown companies with unknown marketers on the street.
6. Three people drowned while trying to cross Caledon River that borders South Africa and Lesotho two weeks ago. Two other children drowned in a stream at Denneysville and Sasolburg. Police appeal to community not to play or cross the river during this rainy season.
Travellers going to Lesotho must have a valid passport. Travellers using the river to cross illegally are at risk of drawing or if detected by law enforcement agency will face arrest and prosecution.