ZEBEDIELA – Residents of Zebediela outside Marble Hall would no longer have to travel to remote areas to access services the South African Police Service (Saps) renders.
This after the launch of a new satellite police station in Moletlane village in line with the commencement of the national 2018/2019 festive season operations on the 01 November 2018 in the Eastern Cape Province.
Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nnke Ledwaba accompanied vy the Deputy Provincial Commissioner Responsible for Human Resource Management, Major General Christine Morakaladi, The cluster commanders, provincial heads, unit and station commanders and members from all levels of command throughout the province converged at Zebediela to roll out the programs.
Kgoshi Kekana III, Lepelle Nkumbi Mayor, Sibanda Kekana, Provincial CPF Board Chairperson, France Kgasago, Provincial Youth Chairperson Mr Machete and Chairman of Polokwane City Football Club Mr Mogaladi, leaders representing several community structures and members of the community in general graced with their presence the event.
Ledwaba acknowledged Kgoshi Kekana III’s presence at the event and unpacked the significance of the three in one event, the launch of operation festive season, official opening of Moletlane satellite police station, the provincial commissioner’s imbizo and the subsequent handover of more than 300 motor vehicles to a number of police stations in the province.
The Provincial Commissioner further alluded that the events were part of the interaction between police and members of the community about the level of service they were providing.
“Members of the community should participate fully in community orientated crime prevention structures such as the CPFs and Rural Safety Forums (RSF), neighbourhood watch, youth against crime and many more that are aimed at collectively dealing in controlling the scourge of crime,” said Ledwaba.
The satellite station will operate for 24 hours and provide services such as affidavits, complaints and certifying of documents, police visibility and to deal with crime in general.
“The launch of the festive season operations is a declaration of our state of readiness for the coming festive period and to commit ourselves through the operationalization of our plan to deal with criminal activities prevalent during this period such as robberies, thefts, housebreakings, assault, TRIO crimes and murders that create fear and discomfort to our people,” said Ledwaba.
He said most of the crimes that were aforementioned were believed to be encouraged by the abuse of liquor, greed, domestic violence, hitchhiking and the festive season fever.
“Those that will be sharing their stokvel money are still being urged to guard against carrying large amounts of money and sharing it in public places,” concluded Ledwaba.