Mbalula commits to eliminating illegal shebeens, taverns from communities

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and President Jacob Zuma addressed an Anti-Crime Imbizo in Elsies River on Tuesday.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has committed to eliminating illegal taverns and shebeens from communities.

Mbalula and President Jacob Zuma addressed an anti-crime Imbizo in Elsies River on Tuesday.

The Police Minister last visited the area for the memorial service of slain three-year-old Courtney Pieters, whose body was found dumped in Epping after she was raped and murdered.

“The police officers who collaborate with criminals and who are in the pockets of the criminals, we’re going to find them. But we can’t find them without working with you.”

Zuma also reiterated the importance of residents assisting the government in the fight against crime.

“We work together because this is your government. It’s absolutely important that we interact and try to find solutions.”

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At the same time, Zuma has vowed to return to Elsies River to assess whether promises made by ministers have been implemented.

President Zuma made a point of reminding residents that he honoured his commitment to return and listen to their grievances.

He vowed that promises made by his delegation will be honoured.

“If you think nobody is doing anything, contact me.”

Some residents appreciated that their grievances relating to social ills have been noted.

“It was something fruitful. For the first time, I have experienced that the ANC goes to the people, especially the president, going down to our people.”

Mbalula once again stressed that policing shortfalls in the community will get immediate attention.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)