Media Statement from Gauteng Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service
PARKTOWN: Much as the last New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day festivities in Gauteng went with minimum incidents of crime and/or violence, Gauteng Police are this time around also leaving nothing to chance, and are geared up towards an incident-free cross over to 2018. Police will take strong action against any acts of violence associated with New Year’s celebrations.
With the festive season at its climax between 16 December and 02 January, the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng, Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange is confident that all law enforcement agencies including Metro Police Departments, Gauteng Provincial Traffic and other government departments responsible for law enforcement, will maintain a zero tolerance approach towards any criminality.
Police visibility has seen a major boost in numbers with the recent arrival of newly graduated police Constables who will complement the law enforcement agencies, police reservists and community patrollers who have all been on the ground since the commencement of the Safer Festive Season Operations on 1 September 2017. This force multiplier will also beef-up operations through deployments at various events where throngs of people are expected to converge at areas like Hillbrow, Johannesburg Central, Sunnyside, Pretoria Central, Wild Waters in Boksburg and Moretele Park in Mamelodi. More undercover police officers will also be deployed to identify people involved with illegal activities which include illegal trading of liquor and dealing in drugs.
People who will be welcoming the New Year at their homes are urged to take precaution to minimize opportunities for crime by making sure that their gates are closed, doors and vehicles are securely locked. Members visiting places of entertainment should also take the following precautions:
Not to accept drinks from strangers as they might have been spiked or laced with intoxicating substances for the purpose of committing a crime.
Women should avoid walking alone especially late night or in the early hours of the morning as they might fall victim to rape, sexual assaults and murder.
Children are not left unattended during celebrations especially along rivers and dams to avoid incidents of drowning, kidnapping, rape, sexual assaults and murder.
Most crime that occurs during this phase of the festive season is generated by irresponsible consumption of liquor. Cases of road rage, domestic violence, child neglect and malicious damage to property due to abuse of alcohol could see people spending the first days of the New Year behind bars unnecessarily.
Municipal by-laws will be strictly enforced on contravention by inter alia, illegal street closures, irresponsible use of fire crackers, unruly bashes and illegal car racing.
People are also advised to refrain from abusing the 10111 line while intoxicated as this behaviour compromises the effective dispatching of emergency vehicles, denying help to people in distress.
“Thus far, the cooperation between the communities and the police has been commendable and I would therefore like to thank Gauteng residents and visitors for heeding the call by police to work together towards ensuring a relatively safe and secure festive season, with minimum incidents of crime. I wish everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year”, says the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng.
Enquiries: Col Lungelo Dlamini: 082 411 5311
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