138 arrested over weekend in Lejweleputswa District

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A number of 138 transgressors were arrested by the members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Lejweleputswa District in just one weekend. The arrests took place from Friday 20 November to Sunday 22 November 2020 after operational readiness had been put in place by the SAPS.

The arrests include a number of transgressions such as drinking in public, to residents failing to stay confined to their places of residences during curfew. 75 people were arrested for drinking in public while 20 others were arrested for failing to adhere to the curfew regulations. According to Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, others were apprehended for cases ranging from common assault to assault with the intention of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH). The list also includes offences such as possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, rape, possession of dangerous weapons, possession of drugs, rape, intimidation, driving without a driver’s licence, culpable homicide, selling liquor without a licence and other Road Traffic Act offenses.

“The Provincial Commissioner and management is making a clarion call to all community members to approach this festive season with cognisance of the fact that they have an important role to play to curb crime,” said Makhele. Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane, said that it is clear that alcohol consumption leads to crime. “Moreover, we still have a number of people who do not take Covid-19 regulations into serious consideration. We will keep on ensuring that the Disaster Management Act is observed by arresting those who disregard it, as we do with other laws of the Republic in accordance to our Constitutional Mandate,” concluded Lt-Gen Motswenyane.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za