Criminals are no match for Operation Shanela

Criminals are no match for Operation Shanela

Operation Shanela, the high-density multi-disciplinary operation, was executed across all five districts from 11 to 18 February 2024.

The zero tolerance approach of all role players secured the arrest of a total of 372 suspects of whom 180 were daily wanted suspects apprehended by detectives.

Actions included vehicle checkpoints, roadblocks and stop and searches where 6835 persons and 3312 vehicles were searched.

Compliance inspections were conducted at second hand goods dealers, scrap metal dealers, firearm dealers as well as formal and informal businesses. A total of eight unlicensed liquor outlets were closed down.

Patrols were conducted in rural areas where 75 farms were visited.

A significant amount of alcohol and drugs were seized as well as copper cable, dangerous weapons and illicit cigarettes to the value of over R1 million.

Suspects were arrested for serious crimes including, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, illegal dealing in drugs, possession of illicit cigarettes, illegal possession of drugs, attempted murder, assault GBH, burglary and illicit mining.

Detectives traced and arrested 180 wanted suspects for serious and violent crimes including, murder, rape and assault GBH.

Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola commended all role players for the notable contribution towards the eradication of crime in the province. She assured the community that the SAPS remains committed towards ensuring the safety of all inhabitants and their property.

SAPS Newsroom