The police recently conducted an operation to rid Komani and surroundings off illegal products from shops and shut down taverns that were operating illegally, as a means to decrease contact crime in the areas.
Police spokesperson captain Namhla Mdleleni said the police had noticed an increase in contact crime in the past month and decided to act on it in an operation.
“This operation was sparked by a trend we had noticed towards the end of June and at the beginning of this month. There were quite a number of contact crime cases opened at Komani police stations and in surrounding areas. Contact crime includes rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (assault GPH) and murder.”
Mdleleni said a number of taverns in Komani, McBride and Eensum villages were shut down by police as they were unlicensed, and in some incidents alcohol was confiscated. “They were on the lookout for all sorts of crimes hence we partnered with several stakeholders to combat the scourge of expired food for sale which is prevalent in foreign-owned shops. We were also checking for migration documents but no arrests were made in this regard. We worked with the immigration unit at home affairs and both the local and district municipalities, among other stakeholders.”
Mdleleni said operations like this were important to keep criminals on their toes so that they would not be comfortable conducting criminal acts in residential areas.