Operation Uya Pamwe

LEPHALALE — An operation to prevent and fight crime in Lephalale, Operation Uya Pamwe (come together), was held in Lephalale on Thursday 28 September.
The operation was led by the Deputy Provincial Commissioner Policing, Maj Gen Jan Scheepers, accompanied by Senior Officers from the Provincial Office Units and SAPS members from throughout Limpopo.
The aim of the Uya Pamwe was the uprooting of all the crime categories that affect the farming and rural communities – from house and business robberies to rapes and stock theft.
Other external role players in the operation were the Provincial Crime Prevention, District Traffic Officers, VIS, the Stock Theft Unit, members of the Community Policing Forum (CPF) and local farmers.
According to Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, Provincial spokesperson, the operation covered a number of areas including local farms, Lephalale CBD and Marapong. Stop and search actions, road blocks, the tracing of wanted suspects and patrols were conducted.
Lt Col Ngoepe said 20 illegal immigrants were arrested during this operation. Furthermore 17 fines were issued for violating the Road Traffic Act and 189 vehicles were stopped and searched and 82 luggage bags were searched.
Six suspects were arrested for arson and fake CD’s, dagga, tyres and generators were recovered.
The arrested suspects will appear before Lephalale Magistrate Court soon.
Operation Uya Pamwe was followed by the outreach programme where Maj Gen Scheepers interacted with the farming community in and around Lephalale.
Joint strategies to fight crime by both the Police and the farming communities were established and farmers were also given an opportunity to raise Policing related concerns.
According to Thys Eloff, CPF chairperson, more than 100 members of SAPS were part of the operation and he thinks it played a huge role in creating awareness. He specifically made a point of driving through the town on Thursday night and according to him he has never experienced the town as quiet.
Thys says it is now the responsibility of the police station to maintain this momentum and build on it.

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