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Police Minister kick starts nationwide safer festive season operations


09 December 2020

Staff Reporter/PretoriaLIVE

Pretoria – Police Minister, General Bheki Cele will on Thursday visit the Western Cape as the first stop of the #OperationTightGrip Safer Festive Season Operations Inspection Tour.

“The annual roadshow will see Minister Cele, Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole and top management of the South African Police Service, participate in various community awareness engagements and inspections of police festive season operations,” said Lirandzu Themba, National Police Ministry Spokesperson.

Police commissioner Khehla Sitole. Photo: Power98.7

Themba said the operations: “include visits to public spaces such as taxi ranks, malls, beaches and other areas on social gatherings. They will also inspect multi-disciplinary police operations put in place in various provinces.”

He added that the tour is aimed at assessing the effectiveness of Safer Festive Season plans put in place, to ensure that residents and holiday makers are and feel safe, during the holiday season.

“While the main aim of the inspection tour is to tighten the grip on crime, especially crimes committed against women and children, the nationwide tour will also see a special focus on compliance and enforcement of the Lockdown Regulations.”

In an effort to encourage adherence to COVID 19 regulations and ensure maximum compliance, Minister Cele will also visit some areas declared COVID 19 hot spots where tighter restrictions have been imposed, including tighter curfews.

General Cele is calling on responsible behavior during the Holiday Season.

“Police will be out in full force this holiday season, to tighten the grip on the visible enemy which is crime. However citizens are also urged to play their part in fighting the invisible enemy and not to drop their guard as COVID-19 is still with us. I’m appealing to all citizens to keep safe this festive season, by avoiding super spreader events and large gatherings. Wear your mask at all times and remain vigilant at all times,” Cele said.

The #OperationTightGrip Safer Festive Season Operations Inspection tour by police which will kick-off in the Western Cape on Thursday, 10 December 2020 and end in the KwaZulu-Natal Province on the 31st of December 2020.