MTHATHA – A dedicated platoon of police members paraded early at PRD building before undertaking operations in OR Tambo district on different entry points in and out of Mthatha, today 24 August 2020.
This operation with members from Men for Change, Junior Management Core and Junior Commissioners is aimed at fighting gender based violence, domestic violence and abuse, sexual offenses like rape, murder of elderly like accusing them of witchcraft and human trafficking crimes like kidnapping or ‘ukuthwala’.
Today’s operation focus areas included Bityi, Libode, Ngqeleni and Tsolo.
Through this interaction, police created public awareness around issues of gender based violence, rape, as well as educational awareness and enforcement of National Disasters Act.
Members deployed at Sutherland post office in Mthatha assisted the public to observe social distancing while waiting for their social relief grant. According to Disaster management Act people must observe social distancing of at least one meter from each other.
Members took advantage of the captive audience of people to create public awareness about gender based violence and sexual offenses. Various speakers addressed using a loudhailer.
Provincial Domestic Violence Co-ordinator, Sergeant Nomakhwezi Martins, Men for Change ambassador-AC Luzuko Nzilane,
OR Tambo district spokesperson Captain Dineo Koena and Provincial Men for Change Champion-Col Kilimani all took turns addressing the captive and highly attentive audience at Sutherland post office and Home Affairs office. The audience was very attentive and interactive.
Later in the day roadblocks were held at Bityi resulting to an arrest of a 52 yrs old suspect in possession of dagga weight 6.060kg with an estimated street value of R6 000. He will appear in court on the 27th August 2020.
Misty Mount, Decoligny and Tsolo junction also had roadblocks. The evening was ended with visit at local stores and taxi ranks.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga is expected to join this operation later in the week.
Source: South African Police Service