On Thursday, 18 October, the Govan Mbeki Municipality and the Kinross police teamed up in an effort to ensure the town’s shops all have valid licences to run a business.
The effort started at 08:00 on Thursday morning with a briefing at the police station. One of the GMM councillors, who wishes to remain anonymous, briefed the police on the route and their role in the operation. Media houses were requested not to post anything online or go live with this operation as this would alarm the community of what the plan entailed.
The first stop on the route was the park in Thistle Grove. A very successful clean up of municipal lavatories ensued. The police found, in one of the rooms, that someone was using it as a home for themselves. In one of the other rooms, it was speculated that it could be used as a drug house because of the evidence to that effect was lying about in the room.
The fleet of police vehicles moved on to town after cleaning and removing everything. In town, in a tin house, the business owner was asked to present the licence of his business and his licence to sell goods. None of these could be presented and the owner was asked to remove all personal belongings from the shop and to lock its doors. The owner of the shop also lived inside the shop although he denied this.
The day was a huge success for the Govan Mbeki Municipality and the Kinross police squad. 4 Illegal immigrants were arrested and 10 shops closed until licences could be issued. – Ané Prinsloo