Safer Festive Season campaign kicks off in Gauteng

21 November 2020 | Road Safety Highlights

The SAPS in Gauteng, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, partners and stakeholders in the fight against crime, on Friday morning 20 November 2020 launched the 2020/2021 provincial leg of the Safer Festive Season Campaign, where Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Ms Faith Mazibuko delivered the keynote address. The safer festive season operations will run through to end of January 2021, under the national theme "Tight Grip".

In her overview of the provincial safer festive season operational plan, the Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Patricia Rampota emphasised Gauteng's integrated, multi-disciplinary approach characterised by Public and Private Partnerships, Intelligence-driven operations, with the community at the centre of it all.

"We have therefore collectively developed a provincial joint and intelligence structure (PROVJOINTS) operational plan, which will address the following priority areas: serious and violent crime; gender based and domestic violence and femicide; gangs, drugs and human trafficking; contraband and counterfeit goods; road safety; and tracing and tracking of wanted and repeat offenders," Major General Rampota elaborated.

Various business and regulatory stakeholders such as the Gauteng Community Policing Board, the Liquor Board, Consumer Goods Council, the E2 project under the auspices of Business Against Crime and Private Security Industry, affirmed their commitment and support to the operational plan.

Deputy National Commissioner: Asset and Legal Management, Lieutenant General Ntombenhle Vuma, delivering a message of support and encouragement on behalf of the office of the National Commissioner of the SAPS, commended the unity and cooperation she saw from the integrated guard of honour, the integrated band, and the general integrated approach to tightening the grip on crime in Gauteng.

Assuring communities of heightened police visibility at identified hotspots as security forces prioritise their safety and security during and beyond the holiday season, Lieutenant General Vuma reminded guests of the continued attacks on police officers, with some officers having lost their lives at the hands of criminals.

"It cannot be allowed to continue. We call upon our communities to support us and say 'not in our names' - by not keeping silent when they know who these police killers are," said the Deputy National Commissioner appealing to the public to report violent crimes that continue to instil public fear and undermine the authority of the State.

Deputy National Commissioner, Lt General Vuma also urged the security forces to continue to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 Disaster Management Act and Regulations put in place to contain the spread of the corona virus.

Popularly known by Gauteng communities as "Tjovitjo", MEC Faith Mazibuko when delivering the keynote address, touched on the scourge of gender based and domestic violence and femicide (GBVF), explaining that Tsakane was identified as one of those policing precincts with higher volumes of GBVF and hence the choice of venue to launch the provincial safer festive campaign.

As the country approaches the 16 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign, under the theme “Economic Justice for a Non-Violent and Non-Sexist South Africa”, MEC Mazibuko reminded the security forces and guests of the central and critical role played by law enforcement in the fight against GBV.

"We are therefore appealing to all law enforcement to be vigilant and help fight and prevent human trafficking and other forms of GBV. We call upon all members of the communities to help root out places known as lolly-lounges. Let us be alert so that we can detect and prevent all forms of GBV," urged MEC Mazibuko.

The official launch culminated in an integrated motorcade that drove through the streets of Tsakane and Geluksdal, demonstrating the readiness and commitment of Gauteng Law Enforcement Agencies to deliver a safe holiday season.

Residents of Gauteng can look forward to high visibility in known hotspots such as shopping centres and malls; more roadblocks to address road fatalities; visits by the police to places of entertainment; and more shut-downs of illegal liquor outlets; and generally more crime prevention operations.

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