MEC for Community Safety, Mrs Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe handed over award certificates as a token of appreciation to over 100 members that are deployed for Bityi and surrounding areas.

It has been four months since the team has been deployed for Bityi and surrounding villages, as a response to numerous cries by stock owners complaining of rampant crime and as a result of this deployment there are successes in recovery of stolen stock as well as illegal firearms and ammunition. 

About 1332 live ammunition have been confiscated from suspects in Bityi, 121 firearms, 488 stock recovered and handed over to lawful owners, 220 Stock recovered and 137 dangerous weapons, a number of Cellphones, toy guns and R45 000 worth of liquor was confiscated with some taverns closed down for Non Compliance.

The MEC for Community Safety expressed gratitude at the work done by the members, “I am standing here very proud of the work that has been done in this place. We thank all of you for the sacrifice you have made, for the sleepless nights spent and risking your own lives for the safety and security of these communities.”

She further commended SAPS management for their clear and effective guidance in the fight against crime.

Also speaking at the ceremony Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga said, “This place was a playground and battlefield for hardened criminals. It used to be a haven of stock thieves but with the overwhelming support of the community to clean their villages of criminality, Bityi is no longer the same and is now a peaceful zone for the law abiding citizens.”

As part of the programme, was a social responsibility initiative that was done in conjunction with King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality and local businesses where ten (10) food parcels and school uniforms were donated to needy families that were identified by members as they went about their duties.

Amongst the ten (10) families that benefited was Jongintaba Senior Secondary School that recieved soccer and Netball kit, Mqhekezweni Primary school that recieved 17 school shoes and Mkhwezo Primary School that recieved 50 school shoes and a full school uniform for one pupil whose uniform was torn.

Abathembu King, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo also commended the members,” I have never been this excited over a cause of this nature. You have outdone yourselves as a result I am still to come back and thank you on behalf of Abathembu Kingdom.”

These operations will run until police and the community are satisfied that the objectives of the deployments have been achieved.

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