Law enforcement agencies made significant progress in combating crime during the first phase of the joint O Kae Molao operation, with Gauteng and Mpumalanga police arresting 744 suspects over the weekend.
Gauteng and Mpumalanga police collaborated on May 20 to conduct this operation to address criminal activities and maintain law and order. The initiative received support from Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela and his Mpumalanga counterpart, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, and their respective management teams.
Lieutenant-General Mawela expressed satisfaction with the success of Operation O Kae Molao during the initial phase, which led to the apprehension of 744 individuals involved in various crimes. He emphasised the importance of community collaboration in the fight against corruption and encouraged the residents of Mamelodi to assist the police in their efforts.
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In the second phase of the operation, conducted in Mamelodi, law enforcement authorities implemented a roadblock along Solomon Mahlangu Drive. This targeted intervention yielded results, with ten individuals arrested for driving under the influence. Furthermore, six unlicensed shebeens were closed down and confiscated alcohol served as evidence. In addition, the police took 18 undocumented individuals into custody.
Lieutenant-General Manamela, from the Mpumalanga police, acknowledged the existence of the Vhutha Mmlilo operations in her province. She expressed the unity of purpose among the police forces, highlighting their shared goal of fighting crime as a unified family. Manamela and her management team participated in the O Kae Molao operation to observe and learn from its successful practices, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange between the provinces.
The coordinated efforts of Operation O Kae Molao have demonstrated their effectiveness in curbing criminal activities, apprehending suspects, and ensuring the safety and security of communities. The commitment and dedication of law enforcement agencies from Gauteng and Mpumalanga in the fight against crime are evident, and these operations will continue to maintain law and order throughout the regions.