Fifteen properties for which municipal services had not been paid, were targeted yesterday during the first day of Operation Buya Mthetho.
The areas included Roodepoort, the inner city and Parkview. Level 3 disconnections were effected to nine properties during the operation and JMPD has been instructed to monitor these properties and ensure that services are not illegally reconnected at these sites.
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Two hijacked buildings in the inner city were also identified during the operation. The details of these buildings have been handed over to the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) for further investigation.
“I have every faith that the JMPD, working with our law-enforcement partners, will do all it can to ensure lawbreakers are held to account,” said Mayor Herman Mashaba.
Operation Buya Mthetho is a new multi-departmental operation between all key City departments and entities such as JMPD, Environmental Health, Social Development, Infrastructure Services, the City’s legal department and Development Planning. It is aimed at enforcing by-laws and bringing the rule of law to the City of Johannesburg. This operation will be conducted on a daily basis as a ward-based “raid” initiative.
“The City, working with all state law-enforcement agencies, will not leave any stone unturned when dealing with criminal activities within our area of jurisdiction. I hope that the residents of Johannesburg will support our initiative and report crime and criminals to our authorities,” concluded Mashaba.
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