Saps: no vi­o­lence will be tol­er­ated


The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Brian Sokutu bri­[email protected]­i­

Tens of thou­sands of of­fi­cers to main­tain the peace.

With just hours left be­fore mid­night, po­lice have warned those in­tent on ru­in­ing fes­tive sea­son cel­e­bra­tions through vi­o­lence, prop­erty destruc­tion, crime or in­con­sid­er­ate use of fire­works.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son, Bri­gadier Vishnu Naidoo, yesterday said the SA Po­lice Ser­vice (Saps) had mo­bilised tens of thou­sands of its mem­bers to main­tain vis­i­bil­ity, pa­trol and main­tain coun­try­wide road­blocks in all ar­eas con­sid­ered flash­points.

These in­clude Hill­brow – a reg­u­lar scene of vi­o­lence dur­ing New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions.

Naidoo said Saps was col­lab­o­rat­ing with metro po­lice to stamp out crime and vi­o­lence.

Emer­gency ser­vice staff were ex­pected to have their hands full.

Said Naidoo: “We are ready to deal with any­one that seeks to cre­ate dis­or­der. Our mem­bers, who in­clude pub­lic or­der po­lice and tac­ti­cal teams, are al­ready vis­i­ble on the ground. We can as­sure mem­bers of the pub­lic that we will take im­me­di­ate and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to deal with any­one – whether in Hill­brow or in the Cape Flats – bent of caus­ing dis­rup­tion to peace.

“Hav­ing gone on a cam­paign trail with the na­tional com­mis­sioner and the min­is­ter, fol­low­ing the cam­paign launch in Um­lazi, KwaZulu-Natal, we have mo­bilised and de­ployed a size­able num­ber of po­lice to deal with any in­ci­dent through­out the coun­try.”

In terms of mu­nic­i­pal by­laws, pub­lic use of fire­works is reg­u­lated and any­one in vi­o­la­tion of the leg­is­la­tion could be li­able to a fine of up to R1 500, if charged.

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