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Gauteng police arrest over 1,900 suspects during weekend crackdown



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Over the weekend, police in Gauteng conducted successful operations resulting in the detention of over 1,900 individuals and the seizure of 24 illegal firearms. These arrests happened during various law enforcement activities, including Operation O Kae Molao, efforts to trace wanted suspects, and routine stop-and-search operations throughout the province. Their crimes included murder, attempted murder, robbery, car hijacking, assault, rape, fraud, and theft.

In Johannesburg district, the police apprehended approximately 490 individuals for possession of stolen vehicles, business robbery, and illegal possession of firearms. In Ekurhuleni, a combined effort by the SAPS, EMPD, and Gauteng Traffic Police led to the arrest of around 540 suspects through various operations, including stop-and-search initiatives, roadblocks, raids on illegal liquor stores, and the pursuit of wanted suspects.

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Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, the provincial commissioner for Gauteng, led Operation O Kae Molao in Rietgat, Tshwane. This operation resulted in the detention of over 25 suspects for driving under the influence at a roadblock and the recovery of two reported stolen vehicles. In Wonderboompoort, Tshwane, three individuals were apprehended for the unlawful sale of diamonds and emeralds, with the suspects possessing an estimated R3.6 million gems. Overall, Tshwane saw a total of 623 suspects detained.

The police management in Gauteng has expressed gratitude to all law enforcement agencies involved. Many arrests were made possible due to tips and information provided by the public and the practical cooperation between different law enforcement agencies. The arrested suspects will face legal proceedings in various provincial magistrate’s courts in the coming days.


Source: Police in Gauteng arrest more than 1 900 suspects over the weekend

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