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Sonwabile Antonie
1 minute read
9 Apr 2018
1:52 pm

Gauteng police record a high number of arrests in March

Sonwabile Antonie

Special operations by law enforcement officials have yielded special results.

Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

Gauteng detectives have arrested 614 suspects during March for various violent crimes, Randburg Sun reports.

This is part of the police’s efforts to address the high volumes of crime.

READ MORE: 186 suspects arrested during Operation Fiela II

Gauteng police’s Colonel Lungelo Dlamini appealed to the community to work together with police, to effectively deal with acts of violence and ensure they did not go unreported.

“Of the 622 suspects, 473 of them were arrested for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, 52 suspects for rape and sexual assault, 45 suspects were arrested for common robbery, 20 suspects were arrested for armed robberies, 14 suspects were arrested for murder and 10 others for attempted murder,” said Dlamini.

There were several suspects who were also arrested for theft, hijacking, housebreaking and theft, theft of motor vehicles and malicious damage to property.

For theft, 249 suspects were arrested while 108 were arrested for housebreaking.

“We also arrested 90 suspects for malicious damage to property, eight suspects for theft of motor vehicles and two for hijacking.”

The high number of arrests follows the 131 suspects arrested during the Easter long weekend for drug-related crimes that included the possession of cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, dagga and nyaope.

Commercial explosives, firearms and ammunition, stolen vehicles and other stolen goods were also seized.

186 suspects arrested during Operation Fiela II

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