NELSPRUIT – The South African Police Service in Mpumalanga has launched the Safer Festive Season Operations yesterday, Friday 27 November 2020 at Volksrust as directed by the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele.

The event which was attended by about 500 people, was hosted at the rugby stadium under the Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality in Volksrust. The local Municipality also pledged to support the police in the fight against crime during this festive season.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, assured the citizens that the police are already out in full force under the theme “Tight Grip” and mission “Well-being and safety of all South African Citizens”. The General also urged the public to remain vigilant whilst allowing law enforcement officers to do their work freely. The community members were also warned to guard against substance abuse, which often leads to undesired consequences or commission of crime as well as car crashes which often claim lives of people.

During the event, there was a show of force by various law enforcement agencies, a sign which exhibits the readiness by astute members to tackle any threat to the safety of the citizens.

The Safer Festive Season operations will be intensified with a number of lined up activities in the public space that directly or indirectly have an influence on the safety and security in the province. The joint forces of the security cluster in the province are geared to prevent, combat and investigate all forms of crime which often create a feeling of timid and insecurity as well as compromise the safety and security of women, children and the vulnerable groups. The situation can limit the wellbeing of communities and it necessitates proactive policing actions to avert such, hence the need for operations to be conducted during the festive season.

The event ended with a gesture of caring for the destitute where Gift of the Givers organization donated food parcels to 300 elderly persons.

Source: South Africa Police Service

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