The Kouga Law Enforcement together with the J’Bay Police and Community Police Forum (CPF) raided the kloof at the MOTH Memorial yesterday morning.
There have been a number of complaints from residents saying that they have witnessed fires being lit in the kloof with both vandalism and theft having occurred at the Memorial.
Adam Floors from Law Enforcement said that the raids were ongoing as the time had come to clean up the town.
“Last week we raided the beachfront with the Municipal cleaners following us and cleaned up the rubbish in the bushes,” said Floors. “This week we changed focus and hit one of the kloof’s in the town. The mess was revolting and the cleaners even had to use face masks when entering the bush camps.”
Faan Louw from the MOTH’s said that plaques had been stolen off the memorial. “They even use the Memorial as a toilet and we regularly have to come and clean the place ourselves. I am very grateful that the CPF is doing something about the situation because is it not good.”
The Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTH) is an organization which was founded in 1927 in South Africa with the ideals of helping fellow soldiers in need, either financially or physically and to remember all those who had answered the call during time of war.
Based on “True Comradeship, Mutual Help, Sound Memory, MOTH grew to thousands internationally but is sadly in decline. Although MOTH is open to those soldiers who fought the Bush War, the majority of those who also wore the “Staaldak” haven’t chosen to join organizations.
Colonel Ntsabo, the commander of the Jeffreys Bay Police fully supported the raid of the kloof and over ten policemen joined the operation in a show of force.
“We are very happy to have Kouga Law Enforcement on board in the fight against crime in Jeffreys Bay”, said Ntsabo. “Full Police support has been given to assist them in the performance of their duties”.
Kouga Law Enforcement has identified another kloof that will be raided shortly in the ongoing fight against crime in Jeffreys Bay.