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'Criminals will welcome 2013 in jail'

Gauteng police intend to spoil the festive mood for law-breakers over the festive season.

File: Police officers conduct a roadblock. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG/ CAPE TOWN - Gauteng police intend to spoil the festive mood for law-breakers over the festive season, they said on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said officers responded to a few criminal incidents, including house and business robberies, yesterday.

Dlamini said they would do everything in their power to ensure that criminals spent New Year's Day in police cells.

He says the police want to ensure that law-abiding citizens have an enjoyable and safe festive season with their loved ones.

Dlamini says police operations will focus on drug trafficking, drunk driving, arresting those participating in the illegal trade of alcohol and those found to be in the illegal possession of stolen goods.

At the same time, Western Cape police say various safety patrols will be conducted at public places throughout the province during the festive season.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk says the operations, which are aimed at ensuring public safety at beaches, malls and train stations, will continue next week.