Police in the Brits police sector, in collaboration with the South African National Defense Force (SANDF), national and provincial traffic authorities and National Road Safety, conducted Operation Basadi on Friday, 28 August and Monday, 31 August in the Brits area and arrested a number of people for crimes such as illegal possession of firearms and illegal dealing in liquor and dagga.
The operation was attended by the MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari, as well as the provincial police commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena.
The operation included stop and searches and roadblocks. In a bid to commemorate women’s month, a gender based violence awareness campaign was conducted at various locations by distributing domestic violence pamphlets to members of the public.
“During the operation, suspects were apprehended for possession of unlicensed firearms, dealing in liquor without a license, dealing in dagga, drinking in public and for contravention of the Foodstuff Act. Suspects were also arrested for contravening road traffic regulations,” said police spokesperson, Maria Nkabinde.
As part of community outreach programmes, female officers of the Department of Justice donated sanitary items, scholar patrol attire, hand sanitisers and face masks to learners at Polonia Primary School in Mmakau village.