SAPS swoops on watering holes

The SAPS conducted a crime prevention operation around Carletonville on 6 January. The raid was initiated after complaints that some liquor outlets were open until late and that people were drinking and playing loud music outside and often ending up in fights. The police are against public drinking as it leads to people becoming the targets of robbery. According to the station commander, Brig. Marinda Theron, the focus was on contact crimes like assault and common robbery, The SAPS issued a warning to the patrons that excessive drinking would not be tolerated inside or outside drinking places and that offenders would be arrested. Tavern owners were also warned to control their crowds and limit their alcohol consumption. They were also threatened with a fine as a lesson to encourage responsible drinking. According to the law, and liquor was confiscated at others. A total of 423 people and 79 vehicles were searched during the operation.’There were cases of drunken driving and weapons were seized. ‘No crime was reported after the operation,’she said. The operation involved 66 members, including Brig. Theron, LtCol Abel Gaza, Lt-Col Cock Edward, Lt.Col Tebogo Mongale, Capt. J.C. van der Merwe and Capt. Philip Ramphele. The res came from POPS, the flying squad, the cluster office and the local station.gladiator

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