Clamp down on illegal taverns, houses in city

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BONUS - RUSTENBURG - The Rustenburg Local Municipality in conjunction with the South African Police Services, recently held a successful joint operation.

The Municipality had internal stakeholders such as Directorate: Public Safety to address issues of law and order within the CBD, Planning and Human Settlements to attend to problematic and non-compliant buildings, electricity and water department to conduct compliance and test any suspicious illegal connections for both electricity and water supply.
Leading the joint operation was the Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, MMC for Public Safety Michael Mhlungu and MMC for Infrastructure, Lucky Kgaladi.
A number of establishments trading with liquor were inspected, were electricity and meters were tested for compliance, while patrons were subjected to stop and searches, for eliminating criminal activities through access to dangerous weapons.
According to David Magae, Head of Communication at the Rustenburg Local Municipality, a number of guesthouses were also inspected. It was discovered that a house in Molen Street was operating a business without approved building plans from the local authority, and the owner was issued with a R7000 fine.
Three houses at Italy Flats were found with illegal electricity connections, power was disconnected and fines will be issued to tenants. Another guesthouse was found to have illegal electricity connections and the owner was issued with a R7000 fine for alterations without approved building plans and illegal electricity was disconnected.
The operation also targeted sex workers who are known to be operating from various streets. More than 15 were removed from several intersections as part of the Safe and Clean City Campaign.