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2023/09/04      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel S Kock   |   Province:  Northern Cape

Kimberley : 03 September 2023 : Operation "Shanela" remains intentional in clamping down on crime in the province which netted 244 arrests.

Disruptive actions were executed from Monday, 28 August 2023 to Sunday, 03 September 2023 and comprised of stop and searches, vehicle check points, cordon and searches, high visibility patrols, compliance inspections at liquor outlets, tracing operations by detectives, visits to businesses and second hands goods dealers.

Teams across the province conducted numerous actions which included 11 roadblocks, 48 VCP's , during  which 3003 vehicles and 7281 persons were searched and numerous  fines issued for contravention of the law. These actions were also enhanced by 1474 high visibility blue light patrols and hundreds of foot patrols throughout the Northern Cape province.

A multitude of disruptive actions included 448 stop and searches, cordon and searches at taxi ranks, visibility in shopping malls and complexes and other hotspot areas. In total 20 844 actions were executed comprising of compliance inspections were conducted at second-hand dealers, scrapyards, shebeens, taverns, liquor outlets, firearm dealers, farms and informal businesses.

Outstanding successes included  two foreign national males arrested for possession of an illegal firearm after police searched their vehicle in Keimoes. Two males were arrested  in Galeshewe and Roodepan respectively after the Kimberley K9 unit, Crime Prevention and Crime Intelligence followed up on information and confiscated Mandrax, Tik and Dagga worth R18 000 and R15 000 at the two respective houses. Another male was arrested in Bothitong after police found him in possession of 26 litres of alleged stolen petrol and diesel, a laptop and a flat screen television.

All the arrested suspects will be appearing in the respective courts soon.

The SAPS across the province also conducted routine visits at ATM's, business premises, National Key Points, Post Offices and tuckshops.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Koliswa Otola reiterated that  during this past week several successful actions , including Operation Basadi was executed in the five districts. SAPS  also celebrated a multitude of positive convictions, especially connected to GBVF in celebration of the closure of Women's month. She also reminded our members that September month  focuses on Police Safety and our members must ensure that they are operational ready at all times whether on or off duty.


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Teams across the province conducted numerous actions.