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KZN police secure more than 10 000 arrests in a month

Various police operations ensured that 10 342 suspects were arrested for various crimes across the province.

SUSPECTED murderers and wanted armed robbers were among over 10 000 suspects that were arrested in the month of September.

KZN police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said intensified targeted operations, as well as the high-density Operation Shanela, ensured that 10 342 suspects were arrested for various crimes across KwaZulu-Natal.

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“Three-thousand, one-hundred and five suspects were arrested for contact crimes. One-hundred and ninety-one of them were nabbed in connection with cases of murder and 135 suspects were put behind bars for attempted murder, whereas 246 suspects were arrested for their suspected involvement in cases of rape,” said Netshiunda.

He added that 208 suspects were cornered and arrested in relation to cases of robberies, including house robberies, business robberies, carjacking as well as robberies with aggravating circumstances.

Netshiunda said, “The relentless efforts by police also resulted in the recovery of 286 firearms, 21 of which were rifles. Four-thousand, seven-hundred and sixty-one rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.”

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Rural safety was also prioritised, and 24 suspects were arrested in connection with the theft of stock.

On crimes committed against women and children, Netshiunda said police arrested 194 people as a result of the transgression of the Domestic Violence Act.

“One-thousand, seven-hundred and seventy-one suspects were arrested for drug-related crimes, while 54 suspects were nabbed in connection with cases of kidnapping,” he concluded.

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