Police in Durban and the rest of KwaZulu-Natal will be on “high alert” from Christmas Eve.
“Assurances have been made by South African Police Service members in KwaZulu-Natal that they will be taking no nonsense from any lawbreakers, as the provinces ushers in Christmas and the New Year,” said Lirandzu Themba, spokesperson for the police ministry.
On Thursday Police Minister General Bheki Cele, National Commissioner General Khehla Sitole, and his management team visited the province for the last leg of the Safer Festive Season Inspection Tour.
During this tour, they visited several police operations in the Durban area and interacted with shoppers at malls and shopping centres.
The police top brass assessed the effectiveness of operational plans to keep residents, visitors, and property safe in the province.
Cele and his entourage also took a turn at the Umlazi Mega City, a mall that was one of the many casualties of the July unrests.
The wanton destruction and looting cost billions of rand in losses and damages and claimed the lives of more than 300 people.
Mega City mall management told the police top brass that, while many businesses suffered huge losses as a result of the widespread looting, many have since recovered.
The mall located in the heart of Umlazi in Durban is now operating at over 80% capacity.
Cele assured the management of the retail complex that the police were ready to respond to any eventuality.
“All law enforcement agencies will not be taking any nonsense from anyone, especially criminals,” said the police minister.
“Lessons have been learnt from the past and police will remain on high alert at all times to safeguard communities, property, and infrastructure.”
Cele said the whole security cluster had all hands “on deck” this festive season.
“Discussions within the JCPS cluster have been progressive and it is for this reason that the SANDF are already stationed at key national routes and guarding infrastructure in identified areas,” said Cele.
KwaZulu- Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi called on the public “to work with the police and not against them”.
Lieutenant General Mkhwanazi warned the failure to comply with the midnight curfew will result in arrests.
South Africa remains on Alert Level One of the Covid-19 prevention regulations which include a curfew from midnight to 4 am.