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Eastern Cape SAPS will be out to ensure a safer festive season

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 1, 2017
Eastern Cape SAPS will be out to ensure a safer festive season

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape says that it is committed to ensuring the safety of local residents as well as visitors over the upcoming festive season.

The SAPS and other role-players, who include the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, launched the 2017 Provincial Safer Festive Season Operations on Tuesday at Thobi Kula Sports Complex in Komani, in the Chris Hani District.

To kick-start the campaign, several roadblocks were conducted in the morning, followed by the general parade and police demonstrations at the Thobi Kula grounds.

The main event saw the signing of the pledge to reduce road fatalities by role players, which was handed to Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, who attended the launch together with the Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, and SAPS Eastern Cape Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga.

Speaking on behalf of the SAPS in the Eastern Cape, Lt General Ntshinga said that communities should know that police officers will be on alert to ensure that criminals don’t get a chance.

Ntshinga further said that, as police, they will endeavor to protect local residents, especially women and children, who are often victims of abuse.

She also added that as police they will clamp down illegal tarvens that might seek to exploit the festive season.

“In Komani, I want all reports of illegal tarvens because all the rape cases and murder cases are usually alcohol effects," she said.

“We’ve started in Lady grey to shut down all the illegal places that sell alcohol and we are not laughing we mean business. We will focus on house and car robbery, armed robbery and other things that abuse our people for example most of the time farmers are the ones that get this abuse when their cattle get stolen."

Premier Masualle said that the festive season is a difficult one and most exciting time of the year for many people as they come back home to enjoy themselves with their families.

He added that it is very important that there are people on the road, who will ensure that there are no accidents and that people travel safely.

“By February, we must deliver the report on how we monitored the road accidents during the festive season. We want to see crime levels decrease at this time on our roads and we don’t want to witness deaths caused by careless drivers,” Masualle said.