The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela was joined by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko as he led yet another High Density Operation which resulted in the arrest of more than 650 suspects.
The suspects have been on the run after committing serious and violent crimes that include murder, armed robberies, rape, fraud, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, housebreaking and theft.
These suspects were arrested during the first phase of the operation, where the detectives were tracing wanted suspects.The second phase of the operation is where integrated law enforcement agencies conducted roadblocks to ensure that there were no illegal goods and substances transported by road users and to look for stolen and hijacked vehicles.
During the roadblock in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni District, 26 people were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, two cars that were suspected to be stolen were seized and 14 undocumented persons were taken in to be processed by officials from the Department of Home Affairs. A total number of 1970 suspects were arrested in Gauteng over the weekend. More than 480 people were arrested in Johannesburg District over the weekend.
Meanwhile, other districts also conducted weekend operations that resulted in the arrest of 970 people in Tshwane District, 242 in Ekurhuleni District, 184 in West Rand District and 87 in Sedibeng District. Arrested suspects will appear at different Magistrate’s Courts in due course.