Many suspects arrested

2015-08-26 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Phuthaditjhaba Cluster has successfully put 70 suspects in police cells over the weekend for the commission of serious and petty crimes.

These successes include operations which were conducted by women at a roadblock on the N3 and within Phuthaditjhaba with the help of other government stakeholders.

The cluster comprises seven stations which must ensure service delivery and a reduction in crime.

Sgt. Mmako Mophiring, the police spokesperson, said they believed that working alone is not ideal but working together they could move the country forward.

He said between Friday and Saturday Operation Basadi was conducted in and outside Harrismith on the N3 to celebrate Women’s Month in the form of a reduction in crime.

“During the four-hour operation on the N3, women officers managed to arrest four suspects with suspected stolen goods, three illegal immigrants and one for possession of dagga of 9 kg with a street value of R9 000. They also seized 25 suspected stolen cellphones, a video camera, DVD player, tablet and laptop,” he said.

“Female traffic officials also issued 47 fines for various traffic offences and impounded eight taxis which were not road worthy.

“On the same night the operation conti-nued and four people were arrested for the possession of dagga and two illegal opera-ting shebeens were closed within the Harrismith-Intabazwe area. Operation Basadi was supported by the Bethlehem and Vrede Clusters, as well as Provincial Traffic, EMS and the Department of Police, Roads and Transport.

“Another 69 arrests also resulted from crime prevention efforts and investi­gation-tracing operations conducted by detectives and specialised units within the cluster. In the process a number of items were seized by members executing stop and search operations in which dangerous weapons such as knives were confiscated,” he said.

He said the suspects were expected to appear in the Harrismith and Phuthaditjhaba Courts soon facing different charges.

Free State provincial commissioner, Lt. Gen. Thabethe Mpembe thanked the women for the wonderful work they did done while conducting operations within their policing areas.

“This ensures that we move the country forward by empowering women. I also appreciate the policemen who gave support to their colleagues in the execution of these duties, because we need each other at all times in serving the community.

“By being proactive in our work we can ensure that crime is reduced and our country is taken forward,” he said

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