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Undocumented foreign nationals arrested in Stilfontein Easter roadblock

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – South African Police Service (SAPS) together with other law enforcement agencies in the North West province have taken in three undocumented foreign nationals for processing by Immigration Officials on Thursday, 06 April.

In addition to the Safer Easter Holidays roadblock arrests, a male suspect was apprehended for possession of counterfeit goods.

“As part of the ongoing Safer Easter Holidays (Paseka) operations to ensure that all people in South Africa are and feel safe, the South African Police Service (SAPS) working together with other law enforcement agencies that included Provincial and Matlosana Local Traffic, Immigration,  South African National Road Agency, Matlosana Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and College, Road Incident Management System (RIMS), Stilfontein Community in Blue members and North West Public Transport Intervention Team held a joint roadblock along the N12 road in Stilfontein near Klerksdorp on Thursday, 6 April 2023,” said North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone.



Speaking to Free State Central News, Mokgwabone indicated that the arrested foreign nationals might be released if they manage to submit the required documents.

Meanwhile, 120 vehicles were stopped, inspected and searched while 360 persons were also searched.

Police confirmed 49 road traffic fines worth R19 950. 00 were issued to motorists that were travelling to and from Johannesburg, Kimberly and Western Cape.

The operations were joined by the executive mayor of Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, Nikiwe Num.

The operation, which focused on enforcement of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996, interception of suspected stolen or illegal property including unlicensed firearms and other offences, was attended by the Executive Mayor of Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, Councillor Nikiwe Num,” Mokgwabone said.

Taking into cognisance the ever increasing traffic volumes, high accident rates, congestion, and the negative impact of incidents on the road systems, the RIMS participated in the operation to restore normal capacity and safety levels to all affected road facilities as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

“Police in the province in cooperation with other role players will continue with crime prevention and combatting operations to intensify the fight against any form of opportunistic criminality including all serious crimes affecting the lives and property during this Easter Holidays,” said Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena.

Law enforcement officers were given a go-ahead in terms of applying the law strictly whilst being professional in their approach.

“Don’t be lenient on any deviancy but do so within the confines of the law. We registered 21% reduction of fatalities during the festive season and we want at least 25% this time”, said MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari.

Crime prevention safety tips and other informative leaflets from various stakeholders were handed out to motorists and other road users.



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