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We will not use violence – top cop

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Shivuri advised communities to successfully integrate parolees and inmates who have been released from prison back into society

Enactment: The launch of Operation Fiela II at the Galeshewe Stadium. Picture: Sandi Kwon Hoo

THE PROVINCIAL police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Risimati Shivuri, made a commitment not to use violence when bringing criminals to book, during the launch of Operation Fiela II at the Galeshewe Stadium.

A simulated hostage situation, protest action and securing the area by means of an Oryx helicopter were enacted as part of the launch on Friday.

The SAPS, along with various departments, including the Department of Home Affairs, Immigration, Traffic Enforcement and Defence will work together to fight crime and clamp down on illegal substances.

Shivuri indicated that they would combat crime without undue force.

“We first send in Crime Prevention, we don’t shoot, we engage with the community to find out what is making them angry. If the executive mayor needs to attend a meeting, we will remove him with a chopper. If they still don’t want to listen, we will send in the Public Order police.

“Our people drink Red Bull and become more angry than their forefathers. In the heat, the Red Bull becomes fermented and they become more active. Then we will bring in the berets to pick them up by the heels of their shoes. They must leave their okapi knives at home.”

Shivuri added that it was concerning that children are being used to sell drugs.

“Drugs are being sold from school bags. We will bring in the K9 unit and speak to the principal to search children and their bags. We will pick up children who are wandering in the streets and take them to school.”

Shivuri advised communities to successfully integrate parolees and inmates who have been released from prison back into society.

“If they are not integrated, there is a danger that, if we leave them, they may be tempted to commit crime.”

Last week, community members in Lerato Park had complained that police had fired rubber bullets at them after they had blockaded Barkly Road as well as other roads leading into Lerato Park.

The community members indicated that no one had come to address them and that they were tired of waiting for answers.

Three people were arrested by the Roodepan police on charges of public violence on February 8.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Majang Skalkie, said that the suspects, who are between the ages of 44 and 62, would appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court today.

“No injuries were reported.”