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Over 500 Tshwane criminals netted in weekend operation

Tshwane police arrested 502 suspects for various crimes over the weekend.

The operations were conducted in collaboration with various agencies, including Home Affairs, the Gauteng Traffic Department, metro police, and CPFs from respective stations, led by SAPS Brigadier Samuel Thine.

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Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Johan van Dyk said police used a multidisciplinary approach to fight crime effectively, involving high-visibility patrols at crime hotspots, compliance inspections, and raids on illegal liquor outlets.

“By the end of the weekend, 237 people were arrested for crimes ranging from assault and housebreaking to public drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and armed robbery,” he said.

Liquor that was confiscated during one of the operations.
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Van Dyk said Tshwane detectives arrested 226 suspects in Mabopane during Operation Shanela.

He said among them 75 were arrested for gender-based violence, two for attempted murder, two for armed robbery, and 41 for assault.

“Three tactical groups were deployed to patrol the streets of Mabopane. After these teams inspected 12 alcohol establishments and identified six as non-compliant with liquor regulations, alcohol was confiscated,” he said.

Zip-lock bags containing various drugs such as these were found during the operations.
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Van Dyk said five people were arrested for public drinking and 17 for being in the country illegally. They will be deported pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

“In total, 2 020 individuals, 730 vehicles, and eight premises were searched, resulting in the arrests of 24 people for drunk driving and one suspect for drug possession and dealing when 15 zip-lock bags containing various drugs,” he said.

He said one car hijacking suspect has been linked to a Mobopane case registered earlier in the month.

He added that 45 Aarto infringement notices worth R24 200 were issued.

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