The South African Police Service on Friday, 27 November 2020 launched the Safer Festive Season Operations to unite against crime, as directed by the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele.
The event, attended by approximately 500 people, was held at the rugby stadium in Volksrust, Mpumalanga, under the Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality.
Furthermore, the local Municipality vowed to support the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the fight against crime in South Africa during and upcoming festive season.
The 2020 Safer Festive Season operations
‘Tight Grip’ theme to fight crime
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma announced the theme for this year’s event was Tight Grip.
Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma explained the mission would be for the “well-being and safety of all South African citizens” and called on the public to remain vigilant.
Those present were also urged to “to guard against substance abuse, which often leads to undesired consequences or commission of crime as well as car crashes”.
“During the event, there was a show of force by various law enforcement agencies, a sign which exhibits the readiness by astute members to tackle any threat to the safety of the citizens”.
‘Prevent, combat and investigate all forms of crime’
South Africans citizens can look forward to a “number of lined up activities in the public space that directly or indirectly have an influence on the safety and security in the province”.
The Lieutenant-General said the “joint forces of the security cluster in the province are geared to prevent, combat and investigate all forms of crime which often create a feeling of timid and insecurity”.
This could compromise the safety and security of women, children and the vulnerable groups, which in turn limits “the wellbeing of communities and it necessitates proactive policing actions to avert such”.
To close the ceremony, the Gift of the Givers organisation donated food parcels to 300 elderly persons.
Unite against gender-based violence
On Saturday, Police Minister General Bheki Cele also lauded the arrest of a 34-year-old man in the Eastern Cape who killed his 42-year-old wife and her five children Tuesday evening with an axe.
The man was arrested within 24 hours; he was reportedly attempting to flee the country. Cele applauded the swift detective work and call on South African men to step up.
“While it is the responsibility of the police to ensure that those who carry out such gruesome acts are arrested and dealt with by the laws of this country, such arrests only come after the fact and in many instances, it is after lives are destroyed and lost. So I am making a call to men, I urge you all to stop brutalising and violating women and children. It’s that simple”.