Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says law enforcement has been strengthened ahead of the festive season.

Mbalula was speaking during a walkabout at the Maponya Mall in Soweto on Tuesday afternoon.

The walkabout is part of the Festive Season Anti-Crime campaign to raise awareness about safety and security during this period.

During his walk about of Soweto’s most popular shopping mall, Mbalula firmly instructed police officers to deal decisively with criminals this festive season.

He says criminals should not be allowed to take advantage of people during this festive period and has thus deployed extra police to crime hot spots across the country.

The minister handed out pamphlets with safety tips and interacted with shoppers. South Africans have been advised to be extra cautious while indulging this festive season as criminals will be on the prowl.

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