Vehicles and pedestrians were stopped and searched at three checkpoints in Kimberley, while shebeens were raided in Greenpoint and Platfontein.
THE KIMBERLEY police said that a multidisciplinary law enforcement operation yielded great success after several traffic fines were issued and several litres of home-made beer were confiscated.
Police spokesperson Captain Tessa Jansen said a multidisciplinary team hosted Operation ‘Save a Life’ on Friday, January 14, 2022.
“A collective team comprising of Kimberley SAPS, Pops, Flying Squad, Mounted Unit, K9 and Frances Baard District and Sol Plaatje traffic departments performed vehicle checkpoints at three points in Kimberley.”
Jansen said that 271 vehicles were stopped and searched while 465 persons were searched.
“Traffic fines to the value of R12,550 were issued for various traffic violations. Crime-prevention pamphlets were also distributed to motorists while they were stopped and searched,” said Jansen.
She added that the operation also included raids at local shebeens.
“The focus shifted to shebeens and the raids were executed simultaneously in Greenpoint and Platfontein.
“Newly trained police officials were also posted to perform foot and vehicle patrols while distributing crime-prevention pamphlets, under the watchful eyes of the Field Training officers in the CBD and at malls.
“The police confiscated 9,861 litres of beer with an estimated street value of R2,800 and 700 litres of concoction with an estimated street value of R7,800.”
Jansen said that some residents did not react kindly to the operations.
“A case of malicious damage to property was opened after residents attacked the police by throwing stones at the vehicles in Platfontein.”