The Commissioner of the SAPS Northern Cape Lieutenant General Peter Shivuri is on a walk-about programme of police stations in the province to familiarise himself with the challenges faced by the police in the various towns, so as to better understand their common logistical needs.
On his arrival on March 16, 2018 in Kuruman, the community was taken by surprise when he left the station led by his uniformed force, detectives, and trainees en masse along Voortrekker Street.
In a snap interview with the station commander Brigadier Kenneth Baloyi, he said that the provincial commissioner and his team wanted to visit the hotspots of crime in the town, as Kuruman had become notorious for crimes, especially drugs, robbery, murder, human trafficking and sex work, that all spell out moral decadence in its entirety. The visit by the commissioner gave him a direct and broader picture of what the police encounter in their routine responsibility to root out crime in their areas of jurisdiction and prudence.
The first infamous spot of concern where the commissioner landed on his first walk-about is the Grand Hotel where he found a handful of patrons before he went across the street hoping he would hand-cuff
suspects at the green caravan. Instead he was only told of its drug concentration and deals by some brothers from the western part of the continent who pretended to be selling edibles. He proceeded to the Capitec Bank where he introduced himself before doing the same to the First National Bank across.
From there they went to another hot spot, Kuruman Hotel, where sex work activities are performed even in the daylight without humane conscience and ignominy. The commissioner asked how much it cost per client, and without blinking an eyelid, one of the traders said “It's only R100.”
The entourage then went to another problematic binging and drug spot called Brazil slightly opposite PicknPay where locals and the same brothers from the West clash for supremacy, often resulting in interminable bloodbaths at the spot.
The commissioner then entered ABSA bank, but more visits were made later around the mall specifically targeting the hot spots.
Lieutenant General Shivuri emphatically stated that the police are now prepared to change the complexities faced by the communities and businesses, as a new strategy is in the offing to contain crime and lawlessness.
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