In an effort to prevent crime from escalating especially with the Festive Season approaching, the Provincial Police intensified their actions during ongoing Operation Fiela during October to stop certain crime trends.
According to Provincial Police Spokesperson Ronel Otto abuse of liquor remains a problem and 110 suspects were arrested for either drinking in public or being intoxicated in public. “A further 26 suspects have been arrested for illegally dealing in liquor and 28 for driving under the influence of alcohol during the month,” Otto said.
She said 20 suspects were arrested in connection with contact crimes such as assault and one for attempted murder. Police also arrested 13 suspects for illegal gambling and 26 for the illicit dealing in precious metals or stones.
“A total of 26 people were arrested for the possession of drugs, mostly dagga. A 46-year-old woman was arrested at Mchavi Village, Lulekani after being found in possession of 34 kg of dagga. Gladys Baloyi is still in custody and was expected to appear in the local magistrate’s court on Tuesday,” Otto said.
Eight people were also detained for the possession of dangerous weapons and two arrested for the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. “We also apprehended 134 undocumented persons plus three others for the employment of illegal migrants,” Otto said.
Provincial Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola said that the operation focuses on illegal firearms and ammunition, drugs and contraband, liquor and second hand goods, crime against women and children, hijacking and violent crimes.
“We want to ensure the safety of Limpopo residents and to secure a joyous Festive Season without the fear of falling victim to heartless criminals. We also urge community leaders to assist the Police in reporting any kind of criminal activity,” Masemola said.
Story: RC Myburgh
Photo: Police officers at 34 kg of dagga found in possession of a woman at Mchavi Village, Lulekani.