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Police issue tough warning to criminals this festive season

Dec 2, 2019
Police issue tough warning to criminals this festive season

Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, over the weekend sent a tough warning to criminals and any persons, who intends flouting the law during this festive season.

"Senior management from the Provincial office have already started ‘hitting the ground running’ with their members ensuring maximum police presence in hotspot areas," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"This past weekend, police conducted compliance inspections at taverns, stop and searches, suspect raiding and drunken driving operations throughout the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which included Mount Road, Motherwell and Uitenhage clusters."

During these special operations, a total number of 18 arrests were effected.

"These included suspects arrested for murder; assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, malicious injury to property, drunken driving, illegal possession of ammunition and business robbery," Col Naidu said.

"10 taverns were visited in Kwazakele, Kwanobuhle and New Brighton. One tavern owner in Kwanobuhle was fined R2 000 under the Liquor Act.

"All the arrested suspects will appear in their respective courts on Monday."

Lt Gen Ntshinga has warned criminals to prepare themselves for a tough festive season.

"We will be adopting the multidisciplinary and integrated approach to policing which means that law enforcement agencies will be working with us on the ground, each executing their respective mandates.

"There will be intensified police visibility in hotspots to ensure that those found breaking the law will be arrested and dealt with accordingly," cautioned Lt Gen Ntshinga.

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