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TMPD nets arrests during the festive season weekend operations

The TMPD has remained steadfast over the weekend, performing crime prevention operations, arresting several motorists and fining those responsible for breaking the law.

The prevention operations were a collaboration between the SAPS and TMPD, with the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Ellias Mawela and Chief of TMPD, Yolande Faro both being personally involved.

Tshwane Metro Police Department Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the crime prevention operations began this weekend as part of the festive road operations launch, where officers were strict on roadway transgressors.

Mahamba said in Mamelodi, the law enforcement officers arrested over 20 drunk drivers. He said that the 23 drivers had been nabbed under the influence in Mamelodi since the start of the operations on Saturday. According to Mahamba, “128 AARTO fines with a monetary value of R96 050 [were issued], while 9 fines were paid at the Roadblock to the value of R5 950.”

Mahamba said while leading the multi-disciplinary team, a compliance inspection was undertaken in Mamelodi at liquor outlets. “So far eight liquor outlets have been closed for operating without a license and owners have been given fines.”

Regarding the site of another operation in Mamelodi, Mahamba stated that “Eleven people were arrested for drunk and driving while 53 AARTO notices to the value of R24 800 were issued.”

The TMPD also pounced on two suspects on the N1 near Hammanskraal, who were found to be foreign nationals in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Mahamba said the duo faces a charge of being in possession of illegal firearms, and a contravention of the Immigration Act was also added.

In Pretoria East, the law enforcers recovered a vehicle that was stolen in Garsfontein. “A driver alighted from a vehicle and ran away when stopped along Solomon Mahlangu Drive.” He said inside the abandoned vehicle, three firearms and seven cellular phones were found.

Meanwhile, in Eersterust 29 tuk-tuks were impounded for various violations, and in Hammanskraal, a male suspect was nabbed for dealing and possession of drugs. The suspect was found with heroin valued at R27 000 in the Hammanskraal area, said Mahamba.

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