More than three hundred suspects nabbed during safer festive season operations

POTCHEFSTROOM: The ongoing Safer Festive Season operations held in the province between Thursday, 31 December 2020 and the early hours of today, resulted in the arrest of 305 suspects for different crimes.
The suspects were arrested during operations conducted in all districts to enforce the Disaster Management Act Regulations and ensuring general community safety during the New Year celebration.
The arrested suspects include 270 apprehended for contravention of the Disaster Management Act Regulations, as follows: 176 for failure to confine to residence, 83 for being in public / open space without wearing a mask, six for sale and dispensing of liquor, two for transportation of liquor and three for drinking liquor in public.
The other 35 suspects were nabbed for crimes ranging from assault, robbery, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, driving under the influence of liquor, burglary to theft.
The operations also led to confiscation of liquor, firecrackers, drugs, a firearm and ammunition.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena commended all law enforcement officials for their commitment and positive response to the call of ensuring the wellbeing of the community by putting behind bars those who transgress the law. He pointed out that the operations will continue to tighten the grip on crime.

Source: South African Police Service

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