East London was abuzz with Safer Festive Season operations

KING WILLIAM'S TOWN � East London was abuzz yesterday with the National Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga together with senior SAPS Management leading from the front during Safer Festive Season Operations. The operation started at 11:00 yesterday morning with specific areas cordoned off and continued till late with a walk-about at Eastern Beach.

All law enforcement agencies played their role and several suspects were taken into custody, fines issued and suspected stolen properties confiscated. The following successes were achieved:

2 suspects were arrested for possession of dagga and mandrax tablets and possession of suspected stolen property,

11 undocumented persons were arrested,

10 shops were closed for operating without a licence,

R10 000 fines were issued to business owners who were found to have breached some conditions of their business licences,

3 notices for traffic fines to the total of R3500 were issued,

The following confiscations were made:

R58 600 cash,

492 counterfeit CDs,

9 boxes of counterfeit cigarettes,

11 knives, 1 toy gun, a pepper spray and 2 cell phones,

Hundreds of ice lollies and a lolly-making machine were confiscated,

Two sheeps were confiscated,

Laptops was found abandoned in Albany Street

All confiscated property has been booked at SAPS as evidence and all arrested suspects will appear in court today.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga said last night," Congratulations to all the officers and members who are making every effort to make our community a safer place. Every contribution assists us in reaching our vision. Continue to gain the trust of our communities with your efforts and together we can win this war against crime!"

We are now nearing the end of the Safer Festive Season Operations and we have managed to stabilise a number of areas including hotspots. We are not going to give criminals a rest, as we close the Safer Festive Season Operations, within 7 days Operation Fiela will start and we will be firing from all cylinders continuously throughout the Easter Holiday and we are going to sustain high density policing throughout the year right up to the next festive season, said National Commissioner, Gen Khehla Sitole yesterday afternoon.

Operations continue today at Mdantsane Cluster.

Source: South African Police Service