Do not be deceived criminals, 25th and 31st December wouldn’t be a “good day” to perpetrate a crime. SAPS (South African Police Service) wouldn’t close on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve as circulating.
Instead, they will be intensifying their efforts to ensure that South Africans feel safe over the festive season.
In a media statement, SAPS noted with concern that a hoax media report published online among other things, reported that police stations across the country will be closed on 25 and 31 December 2016 .
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The online media report even named the Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane as the source of the hoax story calming he said all police stations and hospitals will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
SAPS expressed that making mockery of the important work performed by essential services like the police and the medical fraternity, is an insult to the thousands of dedicated professionals who sacrifice their family time to serve and protect communities on days when other people rejoice with their loved ones.
“Lieutenant General Phahlane has directed that the SAPS places it on record that we distance ourselves from such reports and find this type of misguided humor tasteless and misleading.
“SAPS 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. Countrywide operations were launched several weeks ago and there is no doubt that our communities have witnessed the heightened police visibility.
“All in South Africa 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,” SAPS stated.
With the above, Lt Gen Phahlane called on South African to unite over the holiday period and focus on staying safe in all environments.
“…Whether at a holiday destination, at home, in the workplace or out shopping. There is no need to sow panic or create false alarm. There is a place for humor, undoubtedly, but it is not in this environment,” he said.