Gauteng police have arrested more than 1460 suspects during crime prevention operations and raiding of wanted suspects conducted over the weekend. The suspects were found to have committed offences that include car hijacking, murder, attempted murder, rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of unlicensed firearm, dealing in drugs, driving while under the influence of alcohol, armed robbery and possession of suspected stolen property.
Among those arrested were four suspects that allegedly belong to a gang responsible for car hijackings and armed robberies in the south of Johannesburg.
Gauteng spokesperson Mavela Masondo said the police have been searching for the gang after several cases of hijacking and robbery of bank cards were reported in Lenasia, Ennerdale, De Deur and Orange Farm.
“A team consisting of members from Crime Intelligence, units of SAPS and Metro Police Departments, went out searching for the suspects until four of them were rounded up and arrested in Lenasia over the weekend,” said Masondo.
“They will be appearing at Lenasia Magistrates Court on Monday, 10 January 2022, facing charges of car hijacking and armed robbery.”
Masondo said a total number of 265 suspects were arrested in Johannesburg District for various serious and violent crimes. “Police pounced on illegal miners in Florida and arrested suspects who were also found to be illegal immigrants. Illegal mining equipment that include picks, shovel and gold bearing material were confiscated.”
Over 565 suspects were nabbed in Tshwane during crime prevention operations that started with O Kae Molao Operation led by Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela on Friday.
These suspects were arrested during roadblocks, raiding of illegal liquor outlets, tracing of wanted suspects as well as stop and search operations.
“Joint intelligence-driven operations were effective and yielded positive results in Ekurhuleni where more than 340 suspects were arrested for crimes ranging from assault, robbery, possession of suspected stolen property, rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearm and possession of drugs,” he said.
Masondo added that operations in Sedibeng District on the other hand saw the arrest of 77 people.
“Police management in the Province have noted with appreciation the involvement of the community in the fight against crime and efforts made by the members on the ground to bring crime to minimal in the province.”