Fiela for safer festive season

2015-12-02 06:00
DRILL platoons of the SAPS and SANDF stage their military precision and decipline during the launch of Operation Fiela. Insert:  Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuri, provincial police commissioner, delivering his keynote speech.

DRILL platoons of the SAPS and SANDF stage their military precision and decipline during the launch of Operation Fiela. Insert: Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuri, provincial police commissioner, delivering his keynote speech.

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“CRIME is a complex challenge and for the South African Police Service (SAPS) to defeat this scourge, we need our social partners to come on board. We continue to develop and implement plans to reduce crime, with the support and in partnership with all law-abiding citizens of our province.”

These were the words of Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuri, provincial police commissioner, during the launch of Operation Fiela on Thursday, 19 November. The campaign is aimed at tackling crime over the festive season in all SAPS clusters in the Northern Cape.

The launch, hosted by the Postmasburg cluster, was attended by all SAPS station commanders, community police forum chairpersons, various government departments and dignitaries, including Martha Bartlett, MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison.

During his message of support to about 2 000 people from the broader Postmasburg area, Elroy Phete, mayor of the Tsantsabane Local Municipality, said with crime being one of the province’s challenges, “we must claim our space for a safer Tsantsabane.”

Messages of support towards Operation Fiela was also delivered by Business Against Crime, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), the South African Police Union (Sapu) and the Community Policing Forum (CPF) Board.

Kolomela Mine, as part of Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore, partnered with the SAPS in this venture to reduce crime over the festive season.

The event saw George Benjamin, public affairs manager, handing over reflector jackets, whistles and torches to be used by the newly-established crime watch in Postmasburg.

“As partners and with positive stakeholder relations within the Tsantsabane Municipality, where the Kolomela Mine operates, we need to work as one,” said Benjamin during his message of support. “We need to change our outlook and not focus on the social ills of our community, but rather turn our social ills into social transformation to eliminate crime against vulnerable groups and reduce violent crime all over the Northern Cape.”

The SAPS demonstrated how K9 dogs are utilised in the line of duty. Drill demonstrations by the Hartswater Drill Platoon and the drill platoon of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) showcased their millitatry precision and discipline.

Bartlett and her entourage completed the event by handing over SAPS branded vehicles to all station commanders in the province to add to their fleet of operational vehicles.

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