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Operation O Kae Molao leads to eight arrests in the Langlaagte Precinct

Communications officer, Constable Kraai released a statement stating that law enforcement officials from different parts of Gauteng were brought to the Langlaagte SAPS policing precinct and started the operation.

On Thursday, September 26, as part of Gauteng Operation O Kae Molao which according to Constable Phumi Kraai, is translated to ‘where is the law’ kicked off in the Langlaagte Precinct.

Communications officer, Constable Kraai released a statement stating that law enforcement officials from different parts of Gauteng were brought to the Langlaagte SAPS policing precinct and started the operation at 5 am.

“Operation O Kae Molao is conducted every week around Gauteng depending on the information gathered by the crime intelligence unit. The operation was led by Major General Masha accompanied by the Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Gauteng MEC of Community Safety Faith Mazibuko, where two roadblocks were conducted at the N17 and Main Reef Road.”

“Stop and Search operations were also conducted at Zamimpilo Informal Settlement and this led to the arrests of eight suspects for crimes ranging from dealing in drugs, illegally dealing in liquor without a valid liquor licence, possession of illegal mining equipment, reckless and negligence driving without a driver’s license. Illegal mining equipment like the phendukas, stamping pots, stamping rots, plastic buckets, basins and garden spades were confiscated,” explained Kraai.


Illegal mining equipment confiscated from Zamimpilo Informal Settlement. Supplied Photo.

Premier Makhura tweeted early that morning; “This morning we’re on Operation #OkaeMolao carrying roadblocks and searches in Langlaagte/ Riverlea Precinct, an area with a high rate of drug-related crimes, illegal weapons, carjackings, and illegal mining.

One of the top five priority police stations. Nowhere to hide!” Riverlea residents were pleased to see the law enforcement officials in the area searching and confiscating any illegal possessions.


Dealing in liquor without a valid license led to the shutdown of numerous shabeens. Supplied photo.

A few residents took to community group chats to discuss what they have seen and expressed relief as they have been wanting for police do have such operations.

Residents only hope now that this will not just be a once-off operation but that it will become a frequent operation in the community so that the crime rate can drop.




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