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Free State Premier’s Crime Operation Shanela Shuts Down Illegal ECD, Arrests 73

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Free State Crime Operation Shanela Shuts Down Illegal ECD, Arrests 73

Free State Operation Shanela’s Crackdown in Bloemfontein Nets 73 Undocumented Foreign Nationals

Free State Premier Mxolisi Dukwana spearheaded the early morning crime prevention operation, known as Operation Shanela, in Bloemfontein’s CBD today. The sweep, involving a comprehensive police contingent, resulted in significant arrests and seizures.

At the outset of the day, law enforcement agencies worked in tight coordination to aggressively target illegal activities. Among the officials leading the charge were Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Njabulo Nzuza, MEC for Community Safety, Roads and Transport, Me MaQueen Letsoha-Mathae, Mangaung Metro’s Executive Mayor Cllr Gregory Nthatisi, Speaker Cllr Lawrence Mathae, and Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane, Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in the Free State province.

The sweeping operation led to the arrest of a significant number of people. “A total of 73 undocumented foreign nationals were apprehended,” Premier Dukwana announced.

In addition, an unlicensed Early Childhood Development Centre was shuttered, a haul of drugs including Crystal Meth and Tick, carrying an estimated street value of R2 500, was recovered, and numerous illicit cigarettes were seized from the scene.

Expired goods were also discovered in various shops operated by foreign nationals, indicative of the broader spectrum of crime the operation sought to address.

Traffic enforcement wasn’t left out of the equation, with the MEC’s report providing a breakdown of the vehicular compliance aspect of the operation. Illegally operated vehicles were targeted, yielding six cases of vehicles with no permit, four light motor vehicles (lmv) contravening traffic laws, three with expired license discs, two being driven without the obligatory Public Driving Permit (PDP), and four discontinued vehicles. In total, the traffic-related enforcement actions resulted in 20 written cases.

“I would like to thank all the stakeholders who supported this successful operation. We have and continue to be concerned about the rampant crime in the city centre and as such, we will continue to embark on such operations. The message we are trying to convey is that crime will not be tolerated,” remarked Premier Dukwana, echoing the resolve of his administration.

In his address, Premier Dukwana touched on the history of South Africa’s hospitality towards fellow Africans: “South Africa has a proud history of being a good host to our African brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, there are some who abuse that generosity and soil the good name of our neighbours by participating in criminal activities”

The operation focused on key urban locales, including residential flats on Alexander Road, the dilapidated old post office building, and businesses in proximity to the central taxi rank.

MEC Mathae stated, “Everyone who resides in South Africa is obliged to obey the laws of the nation. Those who do not will face the full weight of law enforcement, which must apply the laws diligently and without exception.”

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