Gauteng serious and violent crimes: Over 180 suspects arrested

South African Police Service

Gauteng serious and violent crimes: Over 180 suspects arrested
Gauteng serious and violent crimes: Over 180 suspects arrested

Over 180 suspects will on Monday 4 March 2019, appear in various courts in Gauteng after they were arrested during several crime combating operations conducted across the Province.

Operations run weekly from Thursday 28 february 2019, into the weekend where the SAPS works closely with respective Metro Police Departments, Provincial Traffic Police, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, Road Traffic Management Corporation, SARS Customs, ICASA, Telkom, Brand Owners, and other law enforcement agencies addressing various forms of crime, offences and issues of non-compliance.

This last bout of operations saw Police arrest eight suspects on Thursday where members of Benoni Flying Squad were pursuing two suspicious vehicles from a bank in Protea Glen to Kempton Park. The vehicles were intercepted at Allandale Road and police recovered two pistols with no serial numbers in the car, with one of them loaded.

In a separate operation in the Johannesburg CBD, police caught five robbers in the act during a business robbery at a chain store. Two illegal firearms were recovered.

All recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to establish possible linkage to previous serious and violent crimes.

More operations were conducted in the Dobsonville policing precinct in Soweto on Thursday and on Friday in Mamelodi in the Tshwane District. In Dobsonville, one hundred and sixty-three (163) wanted suspects were arrested during suspect raids. The suspects appear on the police’s list of wanted suspects in relation to various serious crimes.

Three hijacked vehicles, including a Toyota Quantum were also recovered during the Dobsonville operations with six related arrests, while two stolen vehicles were seized during a roadblock in Mamelodi.

A total of ten suspects were arrested for possession of drugs, with four of these arrested in Mamelodi.

A number of illegal liquor outlets, spaza shops and second hand goods were closed down with police confiscating thousands of litres of liquor.

Police also confiscated counterfeit goods worth an estimated value of R300 000. Two hundred and seventeen AARTO fines were issued and R32 000 worth of fines relating to ICASA transgressions were issued.

Gauteng Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has since his redeployment to the Province, teamed up with Premier David Makhura and MEC for Community Safety, Ms Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane as a show of commitment to working together to bringing down the levels of crime in the Province.

Members of the public are urged to continue reporting crime by visiting their nearest police station or calling Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

South Africa Today – South Africa News

SOURCESouth African Police Service