More than 50 people were nabbed by the police in Ramotswa during the past weekend over a number of violations, ranging from drinking at ungazzetted points to drinking and driving.
The police are on a campaign dubbed Operation 60 Days of Action on Crime and Road Safety.┬á
Assistant Superintendent Mothusi Phadi said the operation – running concurrently with the 16 days of Activism on Gender-based Violence – is aimed at reducing lawlessness.
Phadi said police are conducting a strong presence at different hot spots to deal with those on the wrong side of the law.
This past weekend alone, 40 people, mostly women, were charged between P100 and P500 for drinking outside bars, while 10 drivers were charged for drinking and driving, with 9 Zimbabweans arrested for not having valid residence permits.
Phadi said as law enforcement officers, they will patrol the village’s streets until the end of December to curb criminal activities.
Meanwhile at Mogoditshane, 22 were arrested for drinking and driving while 13 were charged for driving without a license.
What also emerged was that many Batswana do not know that they are not supposed to drink in parking lots as 26 people were arrested for drinking in a prohibited area.
The law only allows for drinking within premises or else a person is likely to be charged between P50 and P500, said Mogoditshane police spokesperson, George Mabotenyane. ┬á
The operation has targeted various offences in general, including public nuisance, such as urinating in the streets, drinking in the streets and traffic offences.
Addressing journalist early this month, Police Commissioner, Keabetwe Mokgophe, said that they are not going to show any mercy to criminals or drivers who violate traffic regulations this coming festive season.
He said that human and material resources will be strategically deployed to execute preventive patrols across the country.
Mokgophe added that roving patrols will be in place to ensure that this holiday becomes the safest and most memorable.
The 60 Days of Action is portraying a positive message as evidenced by journalists who were invited to accompany the police during the patrols.