Joint law-enforcement Operation Shanela in Tshwane led to the arrest of 1 006 people and the recovery of two illegal firearms.
The week-long, high-visibility operation entailed patrols of crime hotspots, compliance inspections, a roadblock and raids on illegal liquor outlets.
Police spokesperson Warrant-Officer Van Dyk said the operation was divided into seven focused operations and started in Temba on Sunday November 12.
He said during the operation led by Major General Azwindini Nonghovhela 20 undocumented immigrants were nabbed.
“Ten businesses were inspected and found to be compliant.”
Van Dyk said during the operation in Temba, 90 people and 30 vehicles searched.
On Monday, November 20, the Bronkhorstspruit police conducted a crime operation that led to the arrest of seven people for drinking in public, as well as of eight undocumented immigrants.
“Twenty-four businesses were inspected for compliance regulations and subsequently, six people were arrested for the contravention of the Business Act 71 of 1991,” Van Dyk said.
Three liquor premises were inspected and one was closed for contravening the Liquor Act. Police confiscated 18 300 ml of alcohol.
Van Dyk said 316 people were arrested in Sinoville and Kameeldrift on Wednesday.
“Among the 316 were 75 arrested for gender-related crime.”
He said police inspected liquor outlets and second-hand goods dealers to enforce both the liquor and secondhand goods acts.
“Eleven inspections were carried out at second-hand goods dealers, resulting in nine being fined for non-compliance with the Second-hand Goods Act (Act 6 of 2009).”
Van Dyk said two liquor outlets were closed down and fined for non-compliance.
Operation Shanela continued in the early hours of Thursday, November 23 in Sinoville and Kameeldrift, where 63 undocumented immigrants were arrested.
One person was arrested for possession of suspected stolen copper and the department of labour inspected five businesses, four of which were issued contravention notices.
One liquor shop was fined and another closed down and 10 20 870ml of liquor, as well as two deep freezers was confiscated.
The roadblock resulted in the issuance of 256 Aarto infringement notices and fines totalling R 126 250.
The operation also involved the searches of eight premises, 2 405 people and 277 vehicles.
Van Dyk said five liquor shops were inspected in Loate and Mabopane.
“All were closed down for contravening the Liquor Act, and 54 748 ml of liquor was confiscated.”
He said another operation took place on Saturday afternoon of November 25 in Loate and Mabopane, where police nabbed 279 people suspected to have committed crimes.
“Ten were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and 37 for being in the country illegally.”
Van Dyk said in Brooklyn, 10 undocumented immigrants and two people were nabbed for possession of drugs.
“Eleven small bags containing various drugs were found on them.”
Police recovered two unlicensed firearms in Temba and Pretoria West.
He said police acting on a tip-off raided a house in Temba on Tuesday, November 2,1 where they found a firearm with 14 bullets.
Two people found in the house were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Van Dyk said the suspect in Pretoria West was put under surveillance and after confirmation that the occupants were home, the house was raided.
He said a pistol was found with the serial number filled off, as well as a magazine and 15 bullets.
The suspect was arrested and charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The seized firearms will undergo ballistic analysis to determine any potential involvement in criminal activities.
Van Dyk said during the operation 3 818 people and 1 082 vehicles were searched, resulting in the issuance of 263 Aarto fines totalling R129 500.
He added the ongoing joint operations will result in the creation of a safe environment for all citizens.
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