'Criminals must feel us & run': Cele launches safer festive season operation
Police Minister Bheki Cele said there was also a focus on ensuring that vulnerable citizens would be protected
JOHANNESBURG - Police are focusing on gender-based violence, border security and the contravention of road regulations this festive season.
Police Minister Bheki Cele, his deputy Cassel Mathale and National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole on Friday launched the national safer festive season operation in the North West.
Officers will be deployed to hot spots across South Africa to ensure citizens and those visiting the country are safe.
Police say this festive season there would be a high priority on visible policing.
Cele said there was also a focus on ensuring vulnerable citizens would be protected: “Women, children, elderly and all people of different sexual orientation are safe.”
He’s issued a stern warning to criminals: “The aim here is to tell the criminals that we are around and that they must feel us, hear us, feel us and run.”
The police minister has also urged communities to cooperate with police.
#sapsHQ Deputy National Commissioner of Policing, Lt Gen Masemola hands over the #SaferFestiveSeason Operational plan . To the National Commissioner, General Sitole who then hands it over to the Minister of Police ME ME pic.twitter.com/SHFgd7EtLGSA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) October 15, 2021
#sapsHQ The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele along with the National Commissioner, General Sitole are handing over Operational tools and equipment including mobile police station units. #SaferFestiveSeason #PoliceVisibility #ServingOurCommunities ME pic.twitter.com/8Noixb3pP0SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) October 15, 2021