• The City and its Metro Police will be conducting raids throughout December
  • Raids target illegally trading venues, unlicenced venues and those breaking By-laws
  • The raids have already seen venues closed down and others lose operating licences
  • The JMPD will be highly visible in congestion areas such as parks, malls taxi ranks

Don't be caught up in bad places this December when you go out to party and celebrate the long break from the long year, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun are raiding illegally trading venues and those that contravene By-laws.

JMPD Officials

Eleven places of entertainment have already been raided in the Johannesburg as part of the Buya Mthetho campaign.

The Mayor, Herman Mashaba and MMC for Public Safety, Michael Sun accompanied the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) who conducted the raids in the Johannesburg CBD, Hillbrow and Yeoville; with more planned throughout the festive season.

JMPD Ready To Raid

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said a fire had to be put out at one take-away outlet in Hillbrow after the owner forgot to switch off the stove.

"We were investigating if he had the right documents and if the shop was compliant," Minnaar told News24.

Wayne Minnaar

A sound system was confiscated from another venue in the CBD and the establishment was given a notice to close.

"Speakers were confiscated from the club in the inner city. We have been receiving complaints from neighbours for a long time. We hope [they] will have a peaceful sleep tonight," Mashaba posted on Twitter.

Raid By Fire Department

A tavern in Yeoville, was closed down due to alleged non-compliance and for operating without a liquor licence. 

Minnaar said citizens should expect more operations throughout the festive season.

Raid In Yeoville

Meanwhile in Soweto several places had their liquor confiscated in raids that found them to be in contravention of liquor licences or By-laws, while two were given notice to close down for producing no documentation whatsever.

"The Buya Mthetho operation will continue into the festive season. The JMPD strategy includes taxi associations, religious groups and churches to help fight crime and reduce road fatalities," he said.

"Parks will be patrolled so people can enjoy themselves without fear and there will be increased visibility at shopping malls."