Missing girl found sound and safe – successful campaign

Rustenburg: The hashtag campaign which started on the 3rd November 2017, dubbed #bringbackourdaughter, spearheaded by the Rustenburg Local Municipality, in collaboration with many stakeholders, including South African Police Service (SAPS), Home Affairs, Social Development Departments, Community Policing forum’s (CPF’s) and civic organisations, in search of a 14-year old girl who went missing since Friday, 3rd November 2017, was a resounding success.
After a massive community mobilisation, resulting in an unfortunate incident wherein three houses were burnt down in Rustenburg East, due to anger, full-blown search campaign was kick started from the same day the girl went missing, leaving no stone unturned, yielding positive results, wherein the girl returned home safe and sound, after being found with the 20-year old boyfriend in Boitekong, according to the police. A charge of abduction has been laid by the police due to the girl being a minor.
“We are delighted that the young Gomolemo has returned home safe and sound after a rigorous campaign. To God be the glory. We are using the campaign of Gomolemo Haraba, as a Municipality together with all stakeholders, including communities, as an example that we shall neither tolerate nor condone disappearance of our girls, young and old, in our city and environs. We are sending a strong message with these campaigns that we are after these criminals who have made it their business to abduct and abuse our children. We are saying enough is enough. We will continue with this united front approach until crime is no more in our communities, thus realising our mission of ensuring a safe and clean city, where all communities enjoy high quality of life, remarked Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, during a courtesy visit to the family of the girl in Rustenburg East, accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Community For Public Safety, Cllr Mike Mhlungu and Municipal Manager, Ms Nqobile Sithole.

Municipality clamps down on crime

Rustenburg: On 10th November 2017, the Rustenburg Local Municipality in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, namely; South African Police Service (SAPS), Home Affairs Department (Immigration Unit), Social Development Department (Social Workers), Community Policing Forum’s (CPF’s) and civic organisations, embarked on a special massive crime clamp-down operation, as part of the re-launched “Safe and Clean and City Campaign”, which aims to ensure safety, security and cleanliness for all communities of Rustenburg.
The operation which will be conducted weekly, started in Rustenburg East (Wards 18 and 42) achieved very good intended objectives, namely; number of problem buildings were identified, wherein a number of girls, as young as twelve up to early twenties, were rescued from their handlers who deal in drug smuggling and human trafficking, illegal immigrants were identified and duly charged for being in the country without necessary documentation, problem buildings which are used as brothels were accordingly closed down, drugs and stolen vehicles used in crime perpetration were also found.
“We are serious about uprooting crime out of Rustenburg when we re-launched the Safe and Clean City Campaign earlier this year, with the spirit that we shall not tolerate nor condone crime in our city and the rest of Wards. We are attacking it in all fronts. We are busy mobilising our communities to rise against crime wherever they are, so that we together nip it in the bud. We will together with our stakeholders, be patrolling our streets and conducting special operations randomly, unannounced, as well as doing marches together with residents, as we will be doing this Friday, 17th November 2017, starting 17:00, at the Rustenburg East Bobby Sport Grounds, proceeding to identified hot spots. By so doing, we will together be propelling Rustenburg into a world class city where all communities enjoy high quality of life”, said Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, in the aftermath of the successful crime combatting special operation.