POTCHEFSTROOM, August 4, 2023 – The SAPS Potchefstroom embarked on a high-density operation, named "Operation Basadi/Shanela," from 07:30 to 16:00 on Friday. The initiative, which marked the commencement of Women's Month in August 2023, was led by the dedicated "Ladies in Blue."
The Role Players
The operation's role-players included members from various provincial divisions, such as the Provincial Commissioner North West: Support Services, Detectives Services, and Visible Policing Services. The operation also saw contributions from the SAPS Potchefstroom Support Services, Vispol Support, and members of the North West Provincial Traffic Department. The operation was overseen by Major General S Pretorius, the District Commissioner of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District, and the Operational Commander, Major General (Dr.) R Naidoo, the Deputy Provincial Commissioner Support for the North West Province.
The Women in Blue
At the heart of the operation was a comprehensive roadblock led by the Women in Blue, complemented by activities that addressed Domestic Violence, which notably included the serving of protection orders. These activities were conducted simultaneously on the N12 and in Ikageng.
The Operation Primary Objectives
Highlighting the operation's primary objectives, sources mentioned that addressing serious crimes and identifying contributing factors were of paramount importance. The outcomes of the roadblock were significant:
The Department of Home Affairs arrested 8 undocumented persons.
One individual was apprehended for common assault.
The North West Provincial Traffic issued 12 traffic fines totaling R14,800.
A whopping 198 vehicles and 288 persons were searched.
To bolster community awareness, 300 pamphlets were distributed to motorists.
A total of 18 Protection Orders were successfully served.
Furthermore, during the operation's duration, minimum to zero crime was recorded.
Effectiveness of Intelligence Driven Operations
The results underscore the importance and effectiveness of intelligence-driven operations for both SAPS and the community. "It is evident that operations that are Intelligence Driven are beneficial to both the SAPS and the Community that we serve," remarked Brigadier Steven Moodley, the Station Commander for SAPS Potchefstroom.
In conclusion, the management team of SAPS Potchefstroom and Ikageng expressed sincere gratitude for the invaluable support from all the role-players that contributed to bolstering the policing precincts during the operation. The day's successes reinforce the commitment and capabilities of the SAPS in maintaining safety and curbing criminal activities in the region.
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