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Officers make more arrests as operation heats up

Some 287 arrests were made in Ekurhuleni between Friday and Sunday.

Kwa-Thema – The SAPS arrested a man after officers found him in possession of an unlicensed gun on Saturday.

The weekend Operations Shanela continue to yield positive results after officers arrested 287 in Ekurhuleni between Friday and Sunday.

“Among others, 167 were arrested by detectives who worked on Saturday from the morning to the afternoon within the district policing precincts to trace suspects and ensure those who acted on the other side of the law were brought to book.

“Amongst those suspects, 92 were arrested for contact crimes, 15 for contact-related crimes, eight for property crimes, 37 for other serious crimes and 22 for GBF violence-related issues,” explained Captain Neldah Sekgobela, the Ekurhuleni district communications officer.

In Actonville on Friday, an integrated illegal mining operation was conducted.

Ammunition was also found on one of the suspects over the weekend

“The teams arrested 10 suspects for illegal immigration and seized pendukas, steel pots, spades, generators, oxygen bottles, water pumps and liquor,” added Sekgobela.

In Kwa-Thema on Saturday, SAPS members busy with crime prevention duties in the area arrested a man for possession of an unlicensed firearm.

“The suspect saw the police vehicles and started to run. Members gave chase and caught him. Upon searching him, they found a short pistol firearm with a magazine and five live rounds of ammunition in his possession.

“The suspect failed to produce a firearm licence. That is when he was arrested and taken to the Kwa-Thema SAPS for detention,” she explained.

The deputy district commissioner, Brigadier Lebohang Machakela, commended law enforcement members comprising the SAPS, Gauteng Traffic and wardens, the EMPD, CPFs and other stakeholders who participated in the operations for their efforts in making an impact in the district and enforcing zero tolerance against crime.

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