Capricorn District Municipality, South African Police, Community Safety Forum, Young Civilians on Patrol, Home Affairs and Community Policing Forum searched spaza shops at Mokomene, Botlokwa Complex, and street corners in Botlokwa, Molemole Local Municipality.
The two part programme commenced with the team searching for expired food items, illegal substances, legal operational licences for spaza shops and legal immigration documents where spaza shops were owned by foreign nationals. The expired items seized during the search were maize meal, rice, paraffin, petrol (sold from spaza shops), bread, and other items. Local community members who didn’t want to be named alleged that the issue of spaza shops selling petrol is a common practice in the area. This was part of the District Community Safety Summit, which was a formal programme held on the day.
The second part of the programme took place at Tsherane Multi-Purpose Centre with a community awareness campaign focusing on the problem of substance abuse, gender based violence, stock theft, and others which are issues most prevalent in the area.
Stakeholders who gave inputs according to their areas of speciality were SAPS which called on the community to work with them in fighting crime, municipal health which encouraged the community to report issues pertaining to the quality of items they buy in shops, Home Affairs which called on the community to come forward to report suspected illegal immigrants, South African National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse which spoke about substance abuse, and Faith Based Organisations which encouraged the community to report crime.
Acting Executive Mayor who is the Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Services, Cllr. Elizabeth Rahlana called on society to work together with the district and other stakeholders to report these social ills that they see happening within the community.