North West revellers told to behave

2013-11-30 09:05
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Mahikeng - Police warned revellers that if they do not behave at the 16th annual '60s party in North West, they will spend the weekend in jail.

Colonel Emeldah Setlhako appealed to the community to be alert and cautious for the duration of the annual party, which starts on Saturday at Lotlamoreng Dam in Mahikeng, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"This event draws a large number of people from different parts of the country and brings Mahikeng area to a standstill," she said.

"The high level of alcohol abuse and drunk driving by party-goers, consequently leading to horrible accidents on the roads, will not be tolerated and harsh actions will be taken against the culprits."

Joint operation centre

Setlhako said the provincial joint operation centre would be on alert.

It consists of officials from Mmabatho, Mahikeng and Lichtenburg, police dog and explosives units, disaster management, the flying squad, emergency medical services, fire services, provincial traffic, security companies and intelligence agencies.

"Roadblocks have started already and are now in full swing. The police are more than ready for necessary action to prevent crime and will be on constant lookout...."

Setlhako said people usually started arriving for the party on Friday.

"The party-goers are urged to exercise patience and use alternative roads as high volumes of traffic are expected as it has been all these years because people from neighbouring countries and other parts of the country will be driving to Mahikeng for the event.

She said revellers should not display handwritten "SIXTIES" number plates on their vehicles as this is was illegal and a punishable offence.

"Crime is usually on the increase around this time in the area...," she said.

It ranged from house breaking, to car hijacking, theft and rape.

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