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2021/11/23      |  Written By:  Captain A Botma   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 23 November 2021- In an endeavour to reclaim the streets, police in the province arrested 410 suspects through Safer Festive Season Operations since the national launch in Brits on Friday, 15 October 2021 until Sunday, 21 November 2021.

The suspects were arrested for offences such as rape, murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, house robbery, drug related crimes and many others. In addition, and as part of enforcement of legislation in respect of liquor, 187 persons were issued with fines for illegal dealing in liquor, drinking in public and drunk in public. Consequently, 76 illegal liquor outlets were shut down. 

A total of two firearms, 14 ammunition, five knives, electrical appliances, drugs such as nayope, crystal meth, dagga and ecstasy as well as liquor were confiscated during the operations.

In order to enforce and enhance road safety, 21 motorists were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs while 271 fines were issued for various road traffic related offences.

The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena commended the law enforcement for the successes and pointed out that the operations will continue to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all citizens by extending our reach to the community through Blue Light Visibility. He urged the public to work together with law enforcement and to take precautionary measures to ensure their safety including during this weekend in which we will experience an influx of the public to malls and business centres for Black Friday shopping.