POLOKWANE – The South African Police Service in Limpopo arrested 496 people around the Province for contravention of alert level 3 restrictions as stipulated in the Disaster Management Act.
The arrests were effected during the heightened operations that were conducted from yesterday, 31 December 2020 until this morning in all five Districts of the Province.
149 people were arrested in the Waterburg District, 04 in Mopani, 146 in Capricorn, 59 in Sekhukhune and 138 in Vhembe District.
Some of the suspects were arrested for not wearing masks in public places, failing to confine themselves at their places of residence during the curfew, using fireworks at prohibited places, and others for dispensing, transportation of alcohol as well as consuming alcohol in public.
Even though the people of Limpopo were largely compliant during the crossover, these arrests are a manifestation that law enforcement officers were relentless when enforcing these regulations.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers has thanked community members for generally conducting themselves in compliance with the regulations under the Disaster Management Act, even when celebrating the new year.
“This behavior will strengthen and sustain the already existing sound relationship between the community and police,” said General Scheepers. “I also want to thank all law enforcement officers for spending sleepless night in ensuring that everyone complied with these regulations,” concluded General Scheepers.
The operations will continue for the entire period of the lockdown. People with information about any criminal activities are urged to contact station commanders or District Commissioners of their respective areas.
Source: South African Police Service