Today’s meetings with stakeholders have seen efforts being intensified to ensure that there is peace and stability in areas that were affected by violence yesterday. The senior leadership including all political parties represented in Council, as well as management of the Rustenburg Local Municipality met to take stock of events that took place over the last two days on the joint operation to ensure that Rustenburg Local Municipality and SAPS succeeded in quelling further incidents of violence. Our further commitment is to work together with all stakeholders to rid Rustenburg of violence, drug abuse and human trafficking.
Over the next two weeks we will be intensifying the campaign to close
all the brothels and drug houses. Post the meeting, an in loco inspection was conducted on all the premises that were set alight. We were joined by North West Provincial Commissioner who reiterated the SAPS position towards the war on prostitution. She also undertook to expedite investigation into allegations of some police officers implicated in human and drug trafficking.
An agreement was reached during the interaction with the commissioner and a follow up session meeting is intended to take stock of progress made and a consolidated plan with regards to the war on crime. A further meeting took place this afternoon with the taxi industry who pledged their continued support. However, they have also condemned all acts of violence and fully support the campaign. Part of the joint action that will be taken is the implementation of a comprehensive taxi/bus management protocol. This is poignant since the taxi rank has been a hotspot of drug and human trafficking.
All stakeholders at the rank will be mobilized to form part of this plan which is intended to ensure that incidents of crime are ultimately eliminated from the rank. Full details of the planning by municipality working together with all stakeholders to close all brothels and drug houses will be made available by next week.
For further enquiries kindly contact Mr Andrew Seome on 014 590 3525 or 082 717 4374