The KSD Municipality’s safety operation plan for the festive season has kicked off with a launch that was held on Friday, December 2, 2022, at Decoligny Junction in the R61. This joint operation launch with South African Police Services (SAPS) and Liquor Board served as the start of robust operations in enforcing law and order during the holiday influx.
The operation was preceded by a parade at Mthatha stadium, where Law Enforcement Officers received upgraded policing certificates from different institutions including Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and University of South Africa (Unisa). The training intended to capacitate our peace officers in performing their duty of law enforcement and crime prevention.
The safety operation launch was then carried out through a roadblock and stop and searches along the R61 in Decoligny junction. Executive Mayor, Cllr Nyaniso Nelani was joined by Mayoral Committee Member for Budget and Treasury, Cllr Zukisa Gana and senior management.
Many motorists were pulled over and checked for road-worthiness and licences. More than 20 traffic fines were issued to defaulting motorists, police also found and confiscated dangerous weapons during stop and search. Additionally, a vehicle was impounded for illegal dumping at Mandela Park, and the owner was fined R2000.
The municipality will continue to work hand-in-hand with SAPS and other stakeholders throughout the festive season to ensure a safe and secure environment for residents and visitors. Joint crime prevention operations have already been undertaken since November as part of the festive season preparations. As a result, at one of the operations, a man was arrested in possession of drugs (366 boss tablets) and charged for bribery of the Law Enforcement officers. On top of that, more 200 illegal weapons were confiscated during these operations.
The operation plan will focus on key areas. These include enhancing police visibility, improving road safety through screenings for drinking and driving, ensuring public transport meets safety compliance, guarding KSD beaches against lawlessness, preventing drownings, among others to ensure law enforcement is implemented and crime is reduced. The municipality has introduced boom gates for KSD beaches to enhance control regarding traffic flow and selling and use of alcohol.
KSD Executive Mayor, Cllr Nyaniso Nelani assured the community and ratepayers that the plans are in place in terms of business continuity and delivering of services during this period.
“Motorists are urged to adhere to traffic laws and must not drink and drive. The Municipality is declaring zero tolerance towards crime in KSD.” He said.
The Municipality is also planning conduct a session with the Office of the Minister of Police to look intensively on the issue of crime that is facing KSD.