Operation Paseka in full force to ensure safety over Easter period: police

MARCH 24, 2016

As the Easter long weekend is upon us, SAPS Eastern Cape is ready with the implementation of Operation Paseka. 

"Operation Paseka is aimed at ensuring that all people in the Eastern Cape are and feel safe during the Easter holidays. The operation will focus on police priority crime areas throughout the province. The planned operations are intended to primarily prevent all crimes, particularly serious crimes such as aggravated robberies, crimes against women and children, all forms of assaults, stock theft to name but a few," Eastern Cape police said.

Operation Paseka, which commenced on 07 March and is expected to last until 30 April, focuses on the following two pillars;  

  • Reduction of serious and violent property crimes i.e. Trio Crimes;  
  • Road safety.

"The operation will intensify during the Easter Weekend as Arrive Alive will also deploy more traffic officials on national roads, and cities including rural areas, along the coast and on major roads from towns and cities. All roads in the province will also be closely monitored to detect any criminality during this holiday period. The community is urged to bear with the road blocks which may seem an inconvenience, as these efforts are done to ensure their safety," the police said.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta assures all the Eastern Cape communities and visitors that SAPS members will be deployed in all priority areas to ensure the safety of all people.

“We will be out in full force and we will not tolerate any form of criminality. All our support systems are in place and we are ready to respond to any form of eventuality”, she concluded.    

The South African Police Service wishes the people of Eastern Cape and visitors to our Province a peaceful and joyous long weekend.