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Joint law enforcement operation in Gqeberha sets tone for upcoming festive season

Published: November 19, 2022


Four tavern establishments were temporarily closed in Gqeberha on Thursday, 17 November 2022, for failing to comply with the Liquor Act.
The closure was part of a massive joint law enforcement operation led by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, SAPS and Eastern Cape Liquor Board.
The operation focused on road safety, secondhand goods compliance inspection and law enforcement in taverns and yielded positive results with 79 Road Traffic Act fines worth R74 800 issued, four taverns closed for failure to comply with the liquor act and four second dealers closed for failing to operate as registered dealer shops.

NMBM Safety and Security Mayoral Committee Member, Cllr Lawrence Troon said it could not be business as usual within the City as opportunistic crime was expected to increase during the festive season.
"We have taken a stance to improve these crime prevention operations and we are not targeting one aspect of crime prevention. Our joint efforts make a big difference as we all specialise in different areas but with a common goal of fight crime to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. We are issuing a stern warning to road users, business owners and residents that we will have no mercy on anyone who breaks the law, be it stealing water or driving recklessly or having illegal operations in their businesses. There will be consequences,” said MMC Troon.
The teams visited taverns in Zwide, KwaZakhele, Dwesi and New Brighton.

Brigadier Ronald Koll, Deputy District Commander for Gqeberha SAPS said the collaborative efforts go a long way to bring peace and stability.
"We dominated the hotspot areas and divided our teams to tackle different challenges. Two arrests were made for possession of mandrax and dagga and possession of ammunition and replica firearm. We are expecting more of these kinds of operations, we do believe that this is how operations should be conducted, in a joint effort so we can direct our resources to make sustainable impact,” said Brigadier Koll.

Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications office.

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