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Focus shifts to fighting crime

2010-07-03 19:25

Mafikeng – The North West province has shifted its focus to fight crime after hosting World Cup matches there, Public Safety MEC Howard Yawa said on Saturday.

“The onslaught on lawlessness will be sustained to prevent opportunistic crime, ensure safety of citizens, football fans and safer roads," said Yawa.

He said there was an increase in traffic volumes in the province since the beginning of the World Cup, but the number of accidents was less when compared to Easter and Festive holidays.

As part of the "onslaught" on lawlessness, ten motorists were arrested for drunken driving in Phokeng outside Rustenburg on Friday night, in a special traffic operation. Six of the World Cup matches were played at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, in Phokeng.

Lesiba Moses Kgwele, spokesperson for the department of public safety, said the special operation was aimed at ensuring safer roads in the entire province.

"The focus has been in the World Cup matches, now that we have hosted our quota of the games, we are now focusing on law enforcement and crime prevention."

Kgwele said the ten drivers arrested would appear in the Tlhabane Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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