Stocktheft between South Africa and Botswana from Bray side in the North West Province was on top of the list of challenges raised when MEC Sello Lehari visited the local Police on oversight. The Bray Police Station is situated just in front of the Bray Port of Entry.

Challenges raised included abandoned buildings which become the criminal hive but stock theft is becoming rife. Exacerbating challenge is that brand-marking between the two countries is markedly different which make it difficult to follow up to whom the recovered livestock may belong.

Other challenges raised include shortage of vehicles and office space as well as accommodation for officers. Roads are undrivable and policing is not easy as response to cases is hindered by inaccessibility.

“We are struggling with resources here, currently we only have two unmarked vehicles that are working and the rest are at the garage due to bad conditions of roads,” said one officer.

The MEC for the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari, HoD Dr Hans Kekana and senior management from the Civilian Secretariat Directorate of the Department conducted an unannounced oversight at Bray Police Station. This was part of the Thuntsha Lerole Accelerated Service Delivery Programme that was held at Tlakgameng Village in the Kagisano Molopo Local Municipality.

MEC Lehari committed to engage with other MEC’s from sister departments as well as highlighting their challenges with the Provincial Commissioner. Of immediate challenge is the state of the road between Tosca and Bray and Pomfret and Bray respectively.

“The least we can do is to create a conducive working environment for the police officers as well as other professionals in the area as inaccessibility of the road makes it difficult for all including local residents,” said MEC Lehari.

Earlier in the day, the MEC and HoD led the joint law enforcement operation by Provincial Traffic and the South African Police Service on the road linking Ganyesa and Vryburg.

Learner transport operators in this area were also inspected by Department officials during Thuntsha Lerole.

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