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Operation Shanela Results in Arrest of 908 Suspects



Operation Shanela Results in Arrest of 908 Suspects

Operation Shanela, a concerted effort by the South African Police Service to combat crime and lawlessness in Gauteng, has continued its successful campaign by arresting 908 suspects involved in various criminal activities.

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This operation, conducted concurrently in all five districts of the province, has resulted in apprehending suspects implicated in crimes ranging from operating unlicensed taverns to more serious offences classified as trio crimes, including carjackings, house robberies, and business robberies as reported by SA News.

During the past weekend, from Friday to the early hours of Sunday, a new group of suspects faced the full force of the law. These individuals will be charged with a range of offences such as illegal mining, violations of the Liquor Act (unlicensed taverns and shebeens are often linked to assaults, murders, and robberies), contraventions of the Immigration Act, possession of unlicensed firearms, driving under the influence of alcohol, rape, and various types of robberies.

Three suspects, two in Tembisa and one in Tsakane, were arrested for possessing unlicensed firearms. The suspect in Tsakane is currently under police guard in a hospital after he and his associates opened fire on officers attempting to apprehend them.


As part of this operation, 29 unlicensed liquor establishments were shuttered, and fines were imposed on their operators. Notably, four of these closures were personally executed by the provincial Commissioner of the police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, during his leadership of Operation Shanela in the Sedibeng District.

Mawela expressed appreciation for the collaboration of various law enforcement agencies, emphasising their integral role in crime-fighting initiatives across the province.

All of the arrested suspects are expected to appear in various local magistrates’ courts within the province to face the charges against them.

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