South Africa: Crime: 1090 Suspects arrested by Gauteng police over the weekend

Police in Gauteng arrested a total of 1090 suspects between Friday, 7 May 2021 and Sunday, 9 May 2021 for various crimes across all five Districts in the Province.

Forty-two of these suspects were arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. Out of these arrests, 20 were arrested in Olievenhoutbosch in Tshwane District where the MEC for Community Safety Ms Faith Mazibuko and Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela led multi-disciplinary forces of O Kae Molao in a roadblock.

More than 250 other suspects were arrested in Tshwane for committing offences that include dealing in drugs, possession of dagga, possession of unlicensed firearm and for being in the country illegally.

Five hundred and fifteen suspects were arrested in Ekurhuleni District for offences that include armed robbery, malicious damage to property, possession of suspected stolen property, house breaking, possession of drugs, dealing in dagga, illegal mining, theft and pointing of firearm.

Parallel operations were also conducted in Johannesburg District where more than 210 suspects were arrested for a range of transgressions that include possession of unlicensed firearm, rape, house breaking and theft, possession of suspected stolen vehicle, possession of drugs, fraud and assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm.

Meanwhile in the West Rand and Sedibeng Districts, members of the SAPS collaborated with respective local law enforcement agencies and conducted crime prevention operations that resulted in the arrest of more than 330 suspects.

Those arrested had committed crimes that include murder, rape, attempted rape, car hijacking, possession of drugs and possession of unlicensed firearm.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear in various Magistrate Courts.


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