Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with torching trucks on Friday and Saturday.
This brings the total of suspects arrested to five. All suspects have been arrested in Mpumalanga, says police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe.
The police confirmed the arrests in a media statement about Operation Shanela, which has resulted in the arreste of over 55 000 suspects since May this year for various crimes ranging from murder, rape and possession of illegal firearms.
“Operation Shanela consists of regular stop and searches, roadblocks, vehicle check points, high visibility patrols including foot patrols, the tracing of wanted suspects with a focus of murder and rape suspects, compliance inspections at liquor outlets and second hand good dealers,” the police said in the statement.
The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele urged all law enforcement officers to intensify their fight against crime.
“Don’t be kind, when criminals go hard on you go harder! When criminals go toe to toe let’s not be the ones to lose this war, we can’t afford to pick up dead bodies of police officers. Criminals in SA think they have extra rights, go out there and prove them wrong”, said Cele.
The breakdown of arrests includes the following:
6679 wanted suspects
7800 assault GBH
2033 suspects arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
3788 illegal immigrants
The number of confiscations and recoveries are as follows:
72 home made firearms
273 426 counterfeit goods
Contraband which includes goods illegally imported R1,3m
Various drugs including mandrax, cocaine and Nyaope have also been seized.
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