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Operation Buya Mthetho sweeps away illegal foreigners, businesses, alcohol, cars, stolen goods

The Johannesburg Metro Department is on a mission to reclaim the city from unlawlessness.

Undocumented foreign nationals in Yeoville as well as illegal businesses, unroadworthy vehicles and stolen goods were targetted during the Operation known as Buya Mthetho.

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla said at least one undocumented foreign national was arrested and several illegal alcohol sachets were confiscated from businesses.

“Illegal alcohol sachets known as K20 Whisky were hidden under the shelves at one of the stores we raided. The alcohol sachets are produced in Ghana and brought into our country illegally, which is a common product we find in areas where foreign nationals live,” said Fihla.

He added that the woman who was in possession of these sachets was not selling them and therefore she was not arrested.

“Yeoville is known for the sale of illegal drugs and alcohol. We have also been made aware of the dangers e-hailing services experience in this area. Drivers are often requested to collect a passenger, and when they arrive they are robbed,” said Fihla.

An unroadworthy motorcycle was also impounded and the rider and passenger were arrested for not wearing helmets. Fihla explained that the law required both riders and passengers to wear protective gear when riding a motorcycle regardless of the engine type.

“Our officers will continue to conduct roadblocks and regular spot checks. We will also make sure that they are deployed and are visible in areas within the city,” said Fihla.

He added that one of the main reasons for the operation was the influx of complaints from investors who feel it is unsafe to invest in the city owing to the high crime and drug rates.

The Buya Mthetho operation is a multidisciplinary project involving all city departments, the police, SA Revenue Service and the Department of Home Affairs.

Public Safety MMC David Tembe urged people to work with the city to maintain law and order in Johannesburg.

“The intention is to bring lawlessness in the City of Johannesburg to its knees. Gone are the days when criminals ruled the city and intimidated our residents with total disregard for the law.

“We are going to reclaim our city from lawlessness, illegal dumping, criminality and the hijacking of our buildings. We want our city to be safe and secure for our people to live and walk freely without fear of criminals,” said Tembe.

Source: https://www.joburg.org.za/media_/Newsroom/Pages/2022%20News%20Articles/JANUARY/Army-of-JMPD-officers-deployed-to-curb-crime-and-grime-in-the-Inner-City.aspx

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