Po­lice vow to curb crime

Last week­end they con­fis­cated al­co­hol from var­i­ous il­le­gal op­er­a­tors in and around Them­balethu

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Western Cape News - MPUMI KIVA prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

PO­LICE have vowed to clean the streets of Them­balethu of all sorts of crime to bring sta­bil­ity.

This fol­lowed the ar­rest of 38 peo­ple at the week­end.

Yes­ter­day, po­lice said they would con­tinue pa­trolling the streets to rid all ar­eas in the neigh­bour­hood of rob­beries, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and theft out of mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

Last week­end po­lice con­fis­cated al­co­hol from var­i­ous il­le­gal op­er­a­tors in and around Them­balethu in­clud­ing the in­for­mal set­tle­ments.

Sev­eral crates of beers, wines and spir­its were seized when po­lice raided back­yard houses sell­ing al­co­hol with­out per­mits.

Them­balethu po­lice said the raids on il­le­gal liquor out­lets would be con­ducted ev­ery week­end.

Dur­ing po­lice pa­trols, young peo­ple between the ages of 17 and 50 were ar­rested on crimes rang­ing from street rob­beries, as­saults, drunken driv­ing and rape.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers who live in Si­tyebityebi in­for­mal dwellings have wel­comed po­lice vis­i­bil­ity in their area af­ter in­ci­dents of rob­beries and house­break­ing were re­ported in the area.

Them­balethu po­lice spokesper­son Capt Du­mile Gwavu said po­lice would con­tinue to clamp down on of­fend­ers.

“We have ar­rested 38 peo­ple between the ages of 17 and 50, among them six women.

“The pa­trols are set to be con­ducted ev­ery week­end to rid the neigh­bour­hood of crime. We urge com­mu­nity mem­bers to work with the po­lice and not to buy stolen items from crim­i­nals,” Gwavu said.

A 54-year-old res­i­dent said the com­mu­nity wished to see all the she­beens around closed be­cause of the crimes com­mit­ted mostly by young­sters drink­ing at th­ese places.

“We can’t walk close to th­ese she­beens be­cause th­ese young­sters are rob­bing us. Il­le­gal op­er­a­tors are al­low­ing teenagers to drink in their she­beens.

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HIGH ALERT: Fol­low­ing the ar­rests of sev­eral sus­pects at the week­end, law en­force­ment agen­cies have promised to clean the streets of Them­balethu of crime to bring sta­bil­ity to the area.

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