The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) co-chaired by the SANDF, SAPS and the SSA, has called on looters to voluntarily surrender all the looted goods or face arrest.
This comes after the unrest, violent protests, large scale looting and destruction of property and infrustucture that gripped South Africa last week.
Police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says the NatJOINTS has embarked on an operation to recover properties that were stolen during the looting spree in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
“By this morning (Sunday) a total of 3 407 suspects had been arrested on various charges since the violence erupted over a week ago, with only one suspect granted bail, 1 122 expected to appear in different courts in the two most affected provinces, and the remaining dockets under investigation,” says Peters.
Peters has also warned those who were not part of the looting spree but are buying stolen property from the looters that they too, will be arrested for being in possession of stolen property.
“In Gauteng during integrated operations at a number of hostels in mostly Tembisa, Johannesburg, Alexandra and Moroka over the weekend, 14 suspects were arrested for being in possession of suspected looted property,” says Peters.
Amongst the goods recovered were bed mattresses; television sets; couches; fridges, sound systems; computer screens and laptops; steel frames; grocery, and clothing items.
Meanwhile in KwaZulu-Natal 92 suspects have been arrested over the weekend for being in possession of stolen property.
Peters says police in the West Rand District in Gauteng arrested two suspects, one on Thursday evening 15 July 2021 in Roodepoort and the second suspect on Friday, 16 July 2021 in Westonaria, both on allegations of creating and circulating inflammatory messages with the potential of inciting violence.
The suspects are expected to appear on Monday 20 July 2021 before the Randfontein and Westonaria Courts respectively.
“A third suspect, a 21-year old woman was arrested in Duduzain Ekurhuleni District on Saturday 17 July 2021 on similar allegations,” added Peters.