A colloquium on Safety and Security was held at Hotel @ Tzaneen on Wednesday. Some 250 members of the SAPS, CPF, GTM, traffic officers, the NPA and all Limpopo departments of state attended the day long colloquium. Major General Maggie Mathebula from Tzaneen SAPS said that children need guidelines to prevent bullying and that policing can’t simply be left to the police. This sentiment was reiterated by most of the subsequent speakers. The business community, although invited, did not attend the colloquium.
Mathebula said villagers used to inform the induna when they had visitors. Today indunas aren’t informed and they even allow strangers to build houses and some of them are illegal. There’s housebreaking nightly often accompanied by violence. These criminals terrorise villagers and move from village to village. In one case a grandmother covered up for her criminal grandson. The police then found stolen credit cards and a stolen SASSA card under the mattress in the house. She insisted that people report anyone seen with a firearm to the police so that the police can check if it’s licensed.
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