Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

POLOKWANE - Following the release of the Limpopo Provincial Crime Statistics for the third quarter of 2021/2022 financial year, the MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Honourable Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya extended endorsements to the District Commissioners to arrange with the Executive Mayors in their respective Districts to release the Crime Statistics for that same period.

The Mopani District Commissioner, Major General Willy Mashavha, accompanied by the District Vispol Commander, Brigadier Marry Mashila, Detective District Commander, Colonel Mazimba and all the Station Commanders of Mopani District had on Thursday, 14 April 2022, presented the District Crime Statistics for the same quarter at the Mopani District Municipality Disaster Management Centre in Tzaneen.

Prior to the presentation of the statistics, the SAPS in Mopani District embarked on a multi-disciplinary operation held on the Magoebaskloof Road, the R71 in Tzaneen in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders comprising of the Traffic Department, Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Rescue, Community Policing Forum and Community in Blue; to launch the Arrive Alive Easter Road Safety campaign, hosted by the Mopani District Municipality.

The operation was conducted through roadblocks and stop and searches. During the launch, 10 people were arrested for contravention of the Immigration Act, 12 traffic summons were issued, 02 taxis were impounded and 01 discontinue notice issued.

Thereafter, the entourage assembled at the venue for the proceedings of the official release of the crime statistics.

In attendance, were also the Executive Mayor of Mopani District Municipality, CIIr Pule Shai, members of the mayoral committee as well as the portfolio committee on Transport, Provincial Secretariat for the Police Service in Mopani District Deputy Director Mothopi, other stakeholders and government entities such as Community Policing Forum, Community in Blue and Government Communication Officers.

Warrant Officer (Chaplain) Maluleke opened the session with scripture reading and prayer, followed by Brigadier Masenamela rendering the welcoming item.

Major General Mashava during his presentation said, "As the police, we are constitutionally mandated to review the performance of SAPS and to evaluate the effectiveness of our policing plans and strategies in combating crime. We must recommit ourselves to the ideals of ensuring that our citizens are and feel safe.

"Let me assure all of you that the presentation of the Crime Statistics is a goal-driven exercise geared towards better and improved policing practices. The state of policing in our district has changed drastically and therefore calls for innovative ways to deal decisively with all criminal elements. However, drastic measures need to be implemented and improved as a matter of urgency to stop brazen criminals in their tracks who unsettle our communities. For us as policing family, to win the battle against crime, we need to focus on the communities we serve. Statistics presented today will help us to plan appropriately as well as being able to be proactive rather than reactive. It is our considered view that under-performing police stations be monitored closely.

"We are acutely aware that an integrated approach in policing is needed to put an end to all criminal elements, including gender-based violence and femicide. We must improve prosecution of perpetrators through partnerships with the Criminal Justice System. We must continue to intensify and support marches in different communities which seeks to raise awareness on gender-based violence. The collaboration and sharing of resources between the police and private security industry in crime prevention should be up scaled if we are to increase police visibility. Crime is not only the responsibility of police agencies but the community as a whole", concluded Major General Mashavha.

The Crime Statistics were presented by Warrant Officer Maake who outlined the number of cases per each crime category, reported in the district. There was a decrease of -42.4 in crimes detected as a result of police action,-10.1% in property-related crimes and -0,9% in contact crimes. In parallel to the decrease in some crime categories, there was an increase of 10.8% in contact-related crimes and 0.2 in other serious crimes.

The Executive Mayor in his speech, condemned vigilante incidents of any kind and urged the community to work with the Police and other law enforcement agencies, including community crime prevention structures, where they suspect or have evidence of criminal activity. He then applauded the District Commissioner and his management for their commitment and collaborative efforts to ensure safety of the citizens of this district and the visitors.

After the presentation, the Mayor, councillors, journalists and the audience, who watched the event via live stream, were provided an opportunity to ask questions to which the District Commissioner replied to, to the satisfaction of the house.

Brigadier Mashila rendered vote of thanks item.

The Easter operations are in full swing across the province, with the focus on heightened law enforcement and police visibility, patrols and a zero tolerance approach for lawlessness; in conjunction with various stakeholders and law enforcement agencies.

Source: South African Police Service