The fact that criminals spend time at shebeens before going to terrorize people, Mogoditshane Police are establishing a liquor regulating wing to deal with the matter. Plans are afoot to have it up and running. Crime reports are received almost daily, with burglary done during the day reaching 15 in three months.
Fuelling these is the fact that people are contravening state laws. Though they have been taught of the new liquor regulating by-laws they continue to sell it at forbidden areas; at forbidden times.
The Deputy Commander for Mogoditshane Police, Assistant Superintendent Mothusi Merementsi, said this while addressing a special Kgotla meeting called by area Councilor Ofentse Mareme at Bodibane Ward near Gabane Village.
The meeting attracted various stakeholders to address issues of water reticulation, land allocation and crime.
He said between January and March, eight cases of house breaking were reported at his station; 10 for armed robbery, three for robbery, seven of breaking into businesses and six cases have been reported for car breaking.
“Traditional beer has been regulated and cannot be sold in homes or shebeens. We have gone around the country educating and sensitizing liquor sellers of the position of the new laws on sale of liquor. People continue to break the law. We are going to ensure that this practice ends,” said Merementsi.
A resident, Salang Marope, bemoaned the fact that the Police take too long to respond to crime reports. She said the highjacking of vehicles is common in their settlement. She said they were insecure as they did not know the police detention laws. Often when they reported someone for a crime, they soon find the culprit free.
There also were vehicles that came for entertainment, which thereafter dump all kinds of rubbish in the area. The bushes in their area, she said, provided hiding for the criminals.
On other issues, the residents asked the Land Board Chairperson, Joseph Mmoloke, what would happen to them during the new ongoing re-registration of plots.
Nametsegang Makopo told him that most of the residents were squatters awaiting president’s pardon which was granted their fellow squatters in the area and the neighbouring Tsolamosese. Squatters there were pardoned for various reasons some years back and fined P5 000, which they paid and got plot certificates and were saved from eviction by demolition.
The on-going re-registration exercise calls for re-registration of all land use – fields, boreholes, commercial plots.