The Zimbabwe Republic Police Matabeleland South Province has appealed to the Beitbridge community to assist in the fight against crime.

There has been increase in the number of criminal activity in Beitbridge and Matabeleland South.

Speaking at the Matabeleland South ZRP Client Service Charter held at Lutumba Business Centre, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Matabeleland South Ambassador Aaron Maboyi Ncube appealed to the business community and residents to assist police in cleansing the province of criminal activity.

Officer Commanding Matabeleland Province Senior Assistant Commissioner Learny Ncube urged the community to uphold societal values by ensuring they do not assist in harbouring criminals.

The event came at the backdrop of an increase in the cases of stock theft, rape, robbery, drug trafficking and murder as per statistics given by the police in the province.

Drug activities have also increased in Beitbridge with most of it suspected to be coming from South Africa and with the border town harbouring people from different provinces who are either on their way to South Africa or deported from the neighboring country, it is now difficult for the police to track the criminals as most are of no fixed aboard.