Police in Gauteng continued to intensify their weekend operations that are aimed at reducing the levels of crime and enforcing lockdown regulations. These operations have this past weekend resulted in the arrest of more than 960 suspects, including 85 that were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawelawas joined by Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Ms Faith Mazibuko as he led Operation O Kae Molao in Hammanskraal and Temba, Tshwane District. More than 300 suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from Contravention of Disaster Management Act, car hijacking, attempted murder, robbery, dealing in liquour without license, driving while under the influence of alcohol and malicious damage to property.
Meanwhile, 259 were nabbed by the police in Ekurhuleni District for crimes such as theft, murder, possession of drugs, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
“Police in West Rand and Johannesburg Districts arrested 240 suspects for crimes ranging from murder, possession of drugs, Contravention of Disaster Management Act, fraud, possession of unlicensed firearm and driving while under the influence of alcohol,” said Mawela.
Mawela said more than 167 suspects were arrested in the Sedibeng District for crimes that include rape, murder, possession of suspected stolen goods, contempt of court, house breaking and theft.
He said all the arrested suspects will appear before the different Magistrates’ Courts in Gauteng in due course.
Police are warning those who continue with the Contravention of Disaster Management Act, that the law will deal with them decisively.
Mawela said, “Police in Gauteng will continue to enforce the level one lockdown regulations while balancing it with crime combating.”