SAPS launches project

2016-11-02 06:00
Maj.Gen. Jean Abrahams branding the cow.  Photos: Supplied

Maj.Gen. Jean Abrahams branding the cow. Photos: Supplied

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Issues of education and awareness in respect of legislation that relates to stock theft, personal safety and safety awareness, were addressed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Northern Cape to the community of Sekhing near Pampierstad on Wednesday (26/10).

During this awareness day, the SAPS launched Operation Siza-
nani, which loosely translates as “helping each other”, which also aims at enhancing rural safety.

According to LtCol Dimakatso Mooi, the community was welcomed by Kgosi Ponatshego Mothibi.

After that, messages of support by representatives of different stakeholders were delivered, such as the Department of Home Affairs and the provincial Joint Rural Safety and Community Police Forum.

The cluster commander of the Francis Baard District, Maj.Gen. Jean Abrahams, gave a keynote address.

Abrahams encouraged community members to work together with the police to fight stock theft.

“Brand marking the livestock can minimise stock theft because when your stock is stolen and later recovered, it is easy to identify who the owner is,” she said.

She further urged them to have shepherds for their stock to avoid them grazing on private owned property, causing the cattle to be impound.

Senior officers also took the opportunity to brand the stock as a way of encouraging stock owners to do the same.

A stop and search operation was also conducted, whereby pamphlets were handed out containing and addressing issues of rural safety, domestic violence and the use of dangerous wea-pons.

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