KOMANI police cluster commander major-general Sizakhele Dyantyi has hailed a decrease in crime during the festive season in the Komani area, following the Back to Basics festive operation which was carried out at various hotspots over the holiday period. Dyantyi was speaking during a media briefing on Wednesday where some members received awards for their efforts.
“We had different phases during those operations, but there were incidents where our members were outstanding in doing their job. We would like to recognise them. This also helps to motivate the members.” Dyantyi said positive members resulted in better service delivery to the community. The police in the Komani cluster had formed a team comprising members from 17 stations to ensure that a zero-tolerance policy to crime was enforced over the festive season.
“Within this operation there were also station operations which focused on visibility at the shopping centres and taxi ranks. We had road blocks where we worked with traffic, home affairs and environmental affairs. ”The total number of arrests made as a cluster was 532.The police seized drugs worth a street value of R300000 and dagga worth R120000. “We also recovered a car that had been hijacked in Cape Town and found in Lady Frere three days later. “Looking at the previous festive period, crime decreased,” he said.
Contact crimes showed a decline from 315 cases to 292, while property crime dropped from 168 to 145.” Dyantyi attributed the success to good working relations with the communities. “I commend the community for the support given to police. If they had not given us information, we might not have been successful with some of the arrests.” Dyantyi said he had spoken to the various commanders to go out and speak to communities.
“We cannot be in each household but the people in the communities see everything and they are able to assist us with information of crimes that are being committed.”