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2023/11/22      |  Written By:  Colonel C Ehlers   |   Province:  Northern Cape

The Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Koliswa Otola launched the Provincial Safer Festive Operation in Upington under the National theme: Combating crime through decisive police action and robust community involvement.

The launch commenced at the Desert Palace Casino, where she welcomed the functionary, Northern Cape Premier, Dr Saul and other important dignitaries including the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaision, Ms Nomandla Bloem,the Director General of Provincial Government, Advocate  Bekebeke, the local Mayor of Dawid Kruiper Municipality, Councilor Segede, the Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Policing, Maj Gen Luntu Ngubelanga, District Commissioners and SAPS Provincial Heads, the Deputy Chairperson of the Community Policing Board, Ms M Essau and the District CPF chairperson,  Mr Baai, the Labour Unions and Heads of Entities and Departments.

A formal briefing was delivered before the Premier and his entourage departed in a motorcade to the Upington High School.

The SAPS Band and Drill Platoon led with the General Salute.

The opening and welcoming was delivered by the Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Policing, Maj Gen Luntu Ngubelanga.

The message of support was conveyed by the Deputy Provincial Chairperson of the Community Police Forum, Ms M Essau.

The overview by Lt Gen Koliswa Otola included recent successes achieved through heightened, integrated and multi-disciplinary operations.

She outlined that regular roadblocks, high visibility patrols, stop and searches, cordon and searches, compliance inspections at liquor outlets and second hand goods dealers, tracing of daily wanted suspects and blue light patrols will be the order of the day during the festival season and beyond.

Lt Gen Otola expressed her profound appreciation to the communities for their continued support towards the fight against crime. She encouraged the public to utilize the 'Rate my Service' online app to assist the police to improve the quality of our service.


Lt Gen Otola, accompanied by the Premier handed over essential equipment to District Commanders and the Community Police Forum. This included blue lights, gazabos, loud hailers, torches and reflective jackets.

Remarks by MEC, Ms Nomandla Bloem included her gratitude towards law enforcement officials who will ensure that the community is safe during the Festive season.

The Premier, Dr Saul delivered the keynote address and reiterated that an integrated approach will be followed to ensure maximum results.

He stated that the second quarter crime statistics were released today and must be viewed as an indication of where efforts must be reinforced.

He encouraged the community to form partnerships with law enforcement to combat crime, as it is not the sole responsibility of the police.

He emphasized that the abuse and smuggling of drugs is a grave concern and urged police to place emphasis on the policing of drug related crimes.

He pleaded for peace in areas where illicit mining is rife. Illicit miners are perpetrators of other serious crimes and must be brought to book.

He appealed to all members of the community to heed to the call of no violence against women and children during the 16 Days of Activism.

The launch was concluded by the National Anthem performed by the SAPS Band and thereafter the vote of thanks by the ZF Mgcawu District Commissioner, Maj Gen Thabo Mphuthi.

The Provincial Commissioner and her entourage departed for the N14 where they engaged with motorists at a roadblock.

They also visited the Kalahari Mall where they interacted with consumers.

The taxi rank was also visited where taxi operators and commuters were informed of safety hints to implement in order to stay safe. The launch concluded with a compliance inspection at a liquor outlet in Pabalello where Maj Gen Ngubelanga informed patrons of the dangers of alcohol abuse.


The Provincial Safer Festive Operation in Upington.
The Provincial Safer Festive Operation in Upington.