Police vow to curb crime
Last weekend they confiscated alcohol from various illegal operators in and around Thembalethu
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.