SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE DISMISS RUMOURS THEY’RE CLOSED FOR XMAS, NEW YEAR

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has dismissed reports circulating that police stations will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

The hoax media report, which has been widely circulated on social media, goes as far as quoting the SAPS Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, as saying the stations will be closed for the holidays.

Police on Thursday said the reports are misguided humour, tasteless and misleading and make a mockery of the important work performed by essential services, such as the police and the medical fraternity.

The South African Police Service, in complete contrast to this report, has intensified its efforts to ensure that all in South Africa are and feel safe over the festive season.,” said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer.

Countrywide operations were launched several weeks ago and there is no doubt that our communities have witnessed the heightened police visibility.”

De Beer assured South Africans that they will see blue across the nation over the coming weeks.

Together with our counterparts in law enforcement and other essential services, we will not be resting and celebrating with our families; we will be out there preventing and combating crime and helping those in need.

Meanwhile, Phahlane visited Attlyn shopping centre in Atteridgeville in Pretoria as well as the Mall of Africa in Midrand, near Johannesburg, on Thursday, as part of efforts to raise awareness and to educate the public about safety during the festive season.

Police said the visits to shopping centres, malls and complexes were part of an ongoing campaign during the festive season, with a focus on combined efforts by all role players to ensure the safety of citizens and visitors during this festive season.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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