The Emalahleni Local Municipality Law Enforcement Unit has undertaken an initiative to decrease the rate of criminal offences and illegal activities within the entire region of Emalahleni. The operation that is being focused on in this article is the removal of tyres that are not road worthy and are being sold by mechanics in the informal sector. The ELM law enforcement unit aims to highlight the risk of purchasing tyres that are not SABS approved and the endangerment that is brought on their lives and those of others on the road.
Many of their clients are unaware of the illegal practices of these mecha
nics. Assistant Superintendent Masuku and Constable Hlabangwane stated that the mechanics deceive their clients by using a tool to engrave the print of the tyre and spray them to give them a new look and feel. The sourcing of these tyres is currently unclear as the Law Enforcement Unit continues to further investigations. Other crime prevention operations include removal of illegal street traders, advertisements of illegal abortion clinics, illegal gambling, pirated CDs and DVDs, illegal parking and the selling of counterfeit goods.
The Unit in collaboration with the SAPS aims to ensure the safety of all residents in Emalahleni and urges them to avoid making purchases from these informal businesses. If residents are aware of any illegal activities the ELM Law Enforcement encourages them to report it, they can either come to their offices which are located behind the municipal building or they contact them by calling the call centre on 0136906222/333/444.