More than seven hundred arrested for various offences across Gauteng over the weekend

Police in Gauteng continue to squeeze the space for  criminals to ensure that people in the province are feel safe. 

This past weekend, from Friday 12 January to Sunday 14 January, over seven hundred people were arrested as police were hard at work tracing wanted suspects, conducting roadblocks, raiding liquor outlets and performing stop and searches, among other crime prevention activities.

One hundred and twenty-six (126) of these suspects were arrested in Ekurhuleni District, where the provincial commissioner of the police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, led the integrated Operation Shanela.

This operation included the roadblocks in Ivory Park on Saturday evening, 13 January 2024, where 28 suspects were arrested for being undocumented foreign nationals, twenty-one for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for dealing in illicit cigarettes, one vehicle impounded after it was found that the Vehicle Identification Number was tampered with and five unlicensed liquor outlets were shut down.

Furthermore, one hundred and ninety-five (195) people were arrested in Johannesburg District, two hundred and twenty-six (226) in Tshwane District, one hundred and three (103) in West Rand District and sixty-nine (69) in Sedibeng District for various crimes.

Other suspects were arrested during the tracing of wanted suspects who committed offences that include rape, murder, assault, housebreaking and theft, armed robbery, fraud, sexual assault and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Some of the suspects were released after paying admission of guilty fine while others are expected to appear before various Magistrate Courts in Gauteng from Monday, 15 January.

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