Rustenburg Local Municipality vowed to keep the city centre clean and crime free. About 15 sex workers were removed from various intersections in Rustenburg following a clamp down on illegal operations around the city centre last night.

Municipal spokesperson, David Magae said the municipality in conjunction with the South African Police Services, held a successful joint operation. He said 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 water meters were tested for compliance, while patrons were subjected to stop and searches, for eliminating criminal activities through access to dangerous weapons. Palladium Tarven in East end was among those inspected during the operation, as well as IS Tarven”.

“A number of guest houses were also inspected, where it was found that a house 26A in Molen street was operating a business without approved building plans from the local authority, and the owner was issued with a R7000.00 fine. Three houses at Italy flats were found with illegal electricity connections, power was disconnected and fines to be issued to tenants. Banana Village guest house was found to have illegal electricity connections, the owner was issued with a R7000.00 fine for alterations without approved building plans and illegal electricity was disconnected,” said Magae.