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2023/10/16      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel A Funani   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 16 October 2023 - The fight against crime through Operation Shanela continues to upscale its responses to crime and squeezing the space for criminals. This after  676 suspects were arrested for various crimes between Thursday, 12 October and Monday, 16 October 2023.  

The suspects were amongst others, arrested for rape, murder, assault GBH, malicious damage to property, burglary residential and business premises, theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle, theft out of / from motor vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Of the 676 arrested suspects, 226 were wanted for murder, attempted murder, rape, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, assault common, house robbery and business robbery. Moreover, 77 undocumented persons were taken in for processing.

The arrests were effected through execution of several actions, which included stop and searches, road blocks, vehicle check points, visiting and inspecting of licensed liquor premises, Second-hand goods dealers, tracing of wanted suspects and many others.

The operation also resulted in the confiscation of various drugs, four handguns, one rifle, 30 ammunition, two computers, liquor and copper cables.

The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, welcomed the successes and thanked the members for always showing dedication in pursuit for safer communities.