High density crime combatting operation

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A two-day high density crime combating operation held over the weekend by various Police units including Municipal Traffic, Provincial Traffic, Municipal Law enforcement and other stakeholders such as members of Community Policing Forum, Crime Youth Desk from Central University of Technology and officials from the Free State Liquor Board under the flagship of the MEC of Police, Roads and Transport, Butana Khomphela yielded in a positive results.

As it is a common knowledge that liquor is one of the contributing factors to the cause of serious crimes, more emphasis was placed on addressing liquor related crimes by visiting identified problematic liquor outlets to ensure compliance in terms liquor act. To that effect a number of taverns and clubs were raided in Willows and in the CBD where more than ten(10) club owners were charged for operating beyond stipulated legal hours. The operating teams also crackdown on prostitution by targeting specific streets in the CBD where prostitution incidents are common.

Meanwhile as the operation wound down, the operating members initiated a stop and search point at the bridge near Batho location where vehicles were stopped and searched. In total over 110 vehicles were searched, 33 people arrested for drinking in public and 26 motorists were issued with fines for road traffic related offences.

The operating teams also drove in a convoy to an entertainment hub affectionately known as Sechaba in Mangaung where they blocked off the street, dispersing people drinking in public, looking for the underage persons, searching the patrons for drugs and dangerous weapons.

The MEC Khomphela said the operation meant to work harder to eliminate the scourge of crime in order to restore community`s faith in law enforcement. He went further saying the police cannot succeed in on their own, they need communities to work with them by reporting the perpetrators of crime and to help them as they strive to build a safe crime free environment.