More vis­i­bil­ity in fes­tive sea­son

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - NEWS - BECKER SEMELA

PO­LICE in the Free State say they won’t put up with any non­sense from crim­i­nals ahead of the fes­tive sea­son.

They said they will be in­creas­ing vis­i­bil­ity through­out the pe­riod un­til Jan­uary next year.

Pro­vin­cial com­mis­sioner Lt-Gen Le­beoana Tsumane launched the Fes­tive Sea­son Op­er­a­tion in Thabong near Welkom at the week­end. He said the pur­pose of the launch was to dis­play the show of force in prepa­ra­tion for the fes­tive sea­son.

“Joint op­er­a­tions by var­i­ous law en­force­ment agen­cies will be con­ducted to en­sure the com­mu­nity of the Free State, as well as vis­i­tors are and feel safe,” Tsumane said.

The show of force in the form of a mo­tor­cade and a drill pla­toon re­sumed from Boi­tumelo Shop­ping Cen­tre to Thabong In­door Sports Cen­tre where the main event was held.

Be­fore de­liv­er­ing his key­note ad­dress, the pro­vin­cial com­mis­sioner ac­cepted the Free State op­er­a­tional plan on be­half of the po­lice, roads and trans­port MEC Sam Mashinini.

“We are gath­ered here to­day to carry for­ward our clar­ion call to you as res­i­dents of this prov­ince, to sup­port and work in part­ner­ship with the po­lice dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

We are here to say, we can­not al­low crim­i­nals to rule your fes­tive sea­son and we can­not al­low crim­i­nals to rob you of all your earn­ings, which you ac­quired through le­git­i­mate hard work and dedication,” Tsumane ad­dress­ing hun­dreds of res­i­dents said.

He said in or­der for them to deal with crime, the po­lice need the res­i­dents’ sup­port and for ev­ery­one to work to­gether.

Tsumane dis­trib­uted more than 120 pa­trols cars to var­i­ous clus­ter sta­tions within the prov­ince to en­sure safety dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

The pro­vin­cial Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum chair­per­son, Ad­vo­cate Sephiri Moshodi, en­cour­aged res­i­dents to re­port any mis­use of po­lice re­sources to en­sure they are pointed in the right di­rec­tion, which is to pre­vent crime and pro­tect the com­mu­nity.

“We will work with the po­lice to en­sure that our com­mu­nity en­joy a safe

Joint op­er­a­tions by var­i­ous law en­force­ment agen­cies will be con­ducted to en­sure the com­mu­nity of the Free State, as well as vis­i­tors are and feel safe

FLEET ON THE BEAT: The new cars that were dis­trib­uted to the var­i­ous clus­ters across the prov­ince on Satur­day in Thabong.

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