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Speaker's welcoming notes: Acting National Commissioner Lt Gen Mothiba - launch of the Safer Festive Season, Limpopo

Programme Director
Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Mkongi
MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in Limpopo, Ms Ndalane
Deputy National Commissioners
Provincial Commissioners
Divisional Commissioners
Regional Commissioners
The senior management of the SAPS
Members of the SAPS of all ranks
Members of the community
Members of the media

All protocol observed

Ladies and gentlemen, a very good morning to all of you. It is indeed a great honour to extend a hearty welcome to every one present at the National Launch of the Safer Festive Season campaign in Limpopo.

On behalf of the Department of Police, allow me to convey my sincere appreciation to the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr BM Mkongi for his presence, the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in Limpopo, Ms Ndalane, for her presence today.

It is again that time of the year when we gear ourselves up for the busy festive season. The festive season is a time when most people take well deserved time to rest, relax and spend time with their families, but it is unfortunately in this time that criminals optimistically increase their criminal activities.

This is exactly what brings us to Limpopo today. We are here to express loud and clear that we can and will not allow criminals to overshadow us and create fear during this period or beyond it.

The South African Police Service is committed to continue developing and enhancing strategies, and implementing plans to fight crime in collaboration with various stakeholders and law-abiding citizens in South Africa. Our presence here solidifies the SAPS’s commitment to the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic of South Africa. Our Constitution firmly states that the objectives of the SAPS are to prevent, combat and investigate crime, to maintain public order, to protect and secure the inhabitants of South Africa and their property, by upholding and enforcing the law.

At this time of the year, we are expecting an increased movement of people into and out the country due to tourism, holidays, increased activities at places of entertainment, shopping and migrant workers returning to their homes.

Through the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster, the SAPS has reaffirmed its commitment to achieving the outputs of the Delivery Agreement, which deals with Outcome 3: ‘All people in South Africa are and feel safe’, by implementing high visible operational activities in safeguarding the society during festive season, and to ensure overall stability in the country using the six pillar approach.

Ladies and gentlemen, during the festive season, we will focus on intelligence-driven and high visibility operations at all hotspot areas. All stakeholders will be actively   involved in the planning and execution of crime combating operations for the Safer Festive Season from 13 October 2017 to 31 January 2018. 

We are here to assure you that before, during and after the festive season, the members of the SAPS will be out in their numbers upholding their commitment to serve and protect their communities. All our plans to combat crime ensuring that you are and feel safe will be characterised by centralised operational guidelines and directives with decentralised operational, tactical planning and implementation; Joint Operational Command and Control; intelligence-driven operations guided by crime pattern analysis and threat analysis; and combating and ensuring the reduction of crime. 

Today, 100 vehicles are being handed over to the Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo to be distributed to police stations to heighten police visibility and improve service delivery.  Communities must be aware that we have made these vehicles available so that we can attend to their policing needs promptly and efficiently.  There can be no excuse that vehicles are not available for policing purposes in this province, we are equipped and ready to serve and protect.

All role players, including law-abiding citizens, have a role to play in ensuring that criminals are brought to book.  Proactive crime prevention strategies will be used to ensure that you are and feel safe.

Ladies and gentlemen, as we get into the full swing of preparing for the festive season, we want to make use of this opportunity to urge young and old in the community to join hands with the police in the fight against crime, and to continue to report any suspected criminal activities or the whereabouts of criminals to the police. It is only if and when the police and community work together as a collective that we will move toward a crime-free society.

We cannot forget to call on you to report all other crimes against humanity and wild life poaching, which is mostly taking place in the Kruger National Park, Skukuza- Mpumalanga, Gravellotte, Phalaborwa, Waterberg regions, Limpopo and Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal.

It has been my honour to be afforded this opportunity to confirm to all present and to the nation that the SAPS is ready to serve our communities with commitment and dedication, not only during this festive season, but even beyond it. We salute our men and women and blue that will be working around the clock to ensure that all citizens enjoy a safer festive season. They will execute their tasks to serve and protect with pride and dignity, even it means that they will not be spending time with their families and loved ones as it is their calling to serve and protect the people of this country.

I thank you