The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lt Gen Koliswa Otola accompanied by her Deputy Provincial Commissioners, SAPS Senior Management, Provincial and District operational personnel, local Station Commanders, Specialized Units and station members, Community Police Board structures and the Community in Blue patrollers were out in full force during the past Easter weekend operations.

The operation dubbed, Back to Basics, Safer Easter Holidays, Operation Paseka 2023 included external role players such as the Department of Home Affairs, Provincial and Municipal Traffics, the Northern Cape Liquor Board, EMS and CPF.

The operations included 39 roadblocks, 89 vehicle checkpoints (VCP) and 950 compliance inspections conducted at liquor outlets during the Easter period.

The five districts namely Frances Baard, Pixley Ka Seme, John Taolo Gaetsewe, Namakwa and ZF Mgcawu all executed high density operations with the focus on all traffic related offenses, abuse of alcohol and drugs, illegal street racing, interception of suspected stolen/illegal property including illegal firearms.

Some of the outstanding successes included three males arrested when they were stopped and searched at a roadblock on the N10 in De Aar.

Police found dagga worth about R30 000-00 in the vehicle and charged them with dealing in dagga.

In Wrenchville, police arrested two male suspects with alleged stolen copper cables worth about R30 000-00. The suspect were charged for tampering/damaging essential infrastructure.

Police conducted 16 117 vehicle patrols, 1310 stop and searches, 8379 vehicle searches, 22 724 persons were searched, 191 crime awareness campaigns, 18 tracing operations for wanted suspects by detectives and issued 130 traffic fines at roadblocks and random VCP’s.

Police confiscated a large amount of Tik, dagga, mandrax and large amounts of illegal concoctions during the operations.

A total of 531 J534 fines were issued for transgressions such as drunkenness, public nuisance and riotous behaviour.

General Otola concluded the operation and thanked all the SAPS members, all other relevant role players and the community for the successful multi-disciplinary show of force that resulted in outstanding successes in an effort to keep our communities safe and secure during the past Easter weekend and beyond.