As part of the Department’s mandate to keep the communities safe, the MEC for Transport and Community Safety in Limpopo, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya together with the SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lt. General Thembi Hadebe fringed by the Acting HoD Steve Matjena and other senior officials in law enforcement led a multi-disciplinary operation in Tubatse-Fetakgomo local Municipality.
The operation commenced with an oversight visit to the Burgersfort police station where a briefing on the status quo in the policing precinct and a walk-about around the police station transpired. Notions and recommendations were made regarding the conditions and design of the station facilities, with more focus on prudence when attending to GBV cases. The MEC acknowledged the service delivery improvement efforts at the station and stimulated personnel to always serve the community members with respect.
The second part of the day’s planned activities was an Unannounced School Visit at Manoke High School, where searches for elicit substances, awareness against the use of drugs and anti-bullying were conducted.
MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya and her entourage proceeded to extension 10 in Burgersfort where a door to door campaign against Gender Based Violence ensued. Several households were visited, hawkers and bystanders warned against GBV and encouraged to stand together and Break The Silence against the scourge and criminality. Information material on GBV with safety tips were distributed throughout the location.
The MEC and the PC were hosted at the Tubatse Community Radio Station before proceeding to Steelpoort where a Roadblock operation was set up as an end statement to the day’s program.
The Roadblock yielded the following successes, four illegal immigrants arrested, three suspects arrested for cable theft, one suspect arrested for illicit cigarettes, 26 traffic summons issued, 14 warrants of arrest executed.
Other success included 16 drink and drive screening done, 75 vehicles tested for road worthiness, 601 people searched and 573 vehicles searched.
Lerule-Ramakhanya thanked law enforcement officers on site for their participation in the operation and urged them to continue with diligent service even when she’s not around.