This past weekend (1 to 3 December) more than 1 000 suspects were arrested in Gauteng, among them 360 on the West Rand as part of the police’s Safer Festive Season Operations.
The West Rand Police conducted operations with the community and other law-enforcement agencies, resulting in arrests for crimes such as possession of illegal substances, culpable homicide, rape, assault, shoplifting, housebreaking and motor vehicle theft.
Suspects were arrested in Johannesburg for various offences ranging from armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of drugs, assault, drunk driving, business robbery and possession of a hijacked vehicle. More than 300 suspects were arrested in Ekurhuleni for crimes ranging from rape, housebreaking, possession of suspected stolen and hijacked vehicles, possession of dagga, driving under the influence of alcohol and assault.
Police in Tshwane nabbed 400 suspects for crimes such as business robbery, house robbery, and possession of suspected stolen property, housebreaking and driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Soweto Police remained visible and conducted operations that resulted in the arrest of 160 suspects for assault, business robbery, housebreaking, driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of stolen motor vehicles, among other.
According to Gauteng Police spokesperson, Captain Kay Makhubela, “These operations will continue and intensify as the festive season reaches its peak with schools closing and majority of people going on holiday. All those arrested will appear in court soon.”
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