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2023/08/01      |  Written By:  Captain A Botma   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 31 July 2023 Operation Shanela, remains steadfast in stabilising crime in the North West. The multi-disciplinary high density operation commenced from Thurday, 27 July 2023 till Sunday, 30 July 2023, with emphasis on the reduction of contact and violent crimes and property related crimes in hotspot areas. More actions executed over the weekend culminated in the arrest of 779 suspects for different offences. 

The arrested suspects amongst others, included 12 for rape, 104 for assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH), 54 for assault common, 16 for robbery aggravating, 40 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 23 for illegal dealing in liquor, 20 for burglaries at residential and 14 for business premises, 38 for possession of drugs and 43 for dealing in drugs.  

During the operations and execution of various actions, 6 413 persons and 2 906 vehicles were searched.  The operation also led to the inspection of 77 licensed liquor premises, 23 second-hand goods dealers and three recyclers / scrapyards. Furthermore,23 unlicensed liquor premises were closed, while 57 suspected undocumented foreign nationals were taken in for processing by Immigration Officials.  

The following items were confiscated during the operations:


Various drugs (crystal meth, mandrax and nyaope)

Four cell phones

Three firearms

Three vehicles

In one of the operations conducted in Klerksdorp on Saturday, 29 July 2023, a 25-year-old suspect was arrested for allegedly being in possession of a suspected stolen motor gate. He is expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ court soon on charges of possession of suspected stolen property.

In another operation conducted on Sunday morning, 30 July 2023,  a 27-year-old man was arrested for possession of drugs (crystal meth) and a dangerous weapon (okapi knife) in Walter Sisulu street, Potchefstroom. He is expected to appear today, 31 July 2023, in Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Court.

The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, thanked the members for the commitment they have displayed since the inception of the operation. He said it is clear that the success figures are showing a weekly increase, due to the hard work by all members, other law enforcement agencies and government departments involved in the high density operations to reduce the levels of crime.


VCP in Wolmaransstad / Leeudoringstad / Makwassie and Orkney Area during the operations over the weekend.