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2023/05/22      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel S Kock   |   Province:  Northern Cape

Kimberley: 22 May 2023 - Police in the Northern Cape yielded great success while executing operation Vuthu Hawe from  Thursday, 18 May 2023 till Sunday 21 May 2023 and arrested 100 suspects for various crimes. These high density operations are focused on the priorities set out by the Minister of Police and honed in on the proliferation of illegal firearms,  rape(GBVF), tracing of wanted suspects, house breaking and house robberies, damage to essential infrastructure, compliance inspections to second hand goods dealers and visits to liquor outlets in the five districts,  namely Frances Baard, ZF Mcgawu, John Taolo Gaetsewe, Pixley Ka Seme and Namakwa. 

The disruptive actions executed during the duration of the operations included tracing operations, road blocks, random vehicle check points, compliance inspections to liquor outlets, second hand goods dealers, stop and searches and blue light patrols.

Suspects across the province were arrested for crimes including 20 cases of dealing in  drugs, several for Assault GBH, Assault Common,  Robbery, Burglary  Business, Theft from motor vehicle, Malicious Damage to Property, Drunkeness, Riotous behavior, Theft General, Possession of Suspected Stolen Property and Undocumented Persons were detained.

The successes saw the confiscation of Crystal Meth (Tik), Mandrax tablets, Dagga, alcohol and dangerous weapons. The weekend's disruptive actions included 30 roadblocks and vehicle check points during which 4258 persons and 2155 vehicles searched during the stop and searches with the assistance of the Community Police Forums and Community in Blue Patrollers. Numerous fines were issued for traffic offenses, riotious behavior and drinking in public.

On Thursday, 18 May 2923, members of Kuruman K9 unit and Crime Intelligence followed up on information and seized an alleged illegal 9mm pistol in Kagung, Kuruman and arrested one suspect. Meanwhile the Flying Squad on Saturday, 20 May 2022  recovered a white Toyota Hilux bakkie that was allegedly stolen in Mothibistad, recently after finding it abandoned in Seoding Village. Two male suspects aged 54 and 47 were also arrested by members of the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation unit for possession of 119 kg of Eskom copper cables in Douglas. The vehicle utilized in the commission of the crime was also confiscated.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lt Gen Koliswa Otola reiterated that  the SAPS  will continue unabatedly in their efforts  to stamp down the authority of the state and restore the trust of the community in the police.