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2024/01/03      |  Written By:  Colonel D Nevhuhulwi   |   Province:  Gauteng

PARKTOWN: 01 January 2024 –  Gauteng police together with other law enforcement agencies were out in full swing to ensure that the public of Gauteng are and feel safe during the new years' eve celebrations and beyond as they intensify crime prevention duties and visibility across the Province. It was more boots on the ground as various disruptive operations were conducted simultaneously in all the five districts in Gauteng - Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, West Rand and Sedibeng with the one in Johannesburg District led by the National Commissioner of SAPS, General Fannie Masemola and Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela accompanied by the MEC of Community Safety, Ms Faith Mazibuko.

The integrated multidisciplinary operations resulted in the arrest of over 2900 people including 688 wanted suspects that were arrested by the detectives during their tracing operations. The suspects were charged with different crimes such as possession of unlicensed and illegal firearms, drunk and driving, dealing in drugs, possession suspected stolen property, murder, rape, sexual offences and undocumented persons amongst others. Seizures were also made, varying from dangerous weapons, drugs, liquor, firearms, ammunition, copper cables and illicit cigarettes.

On Saturday, 30 December 2023, a search and seizure operation was conducted in Johannesburg Central and it led to the recovery of counterfeit goods to the value of R7million. The operation also saw the  police claiming back the streets of Hillbrow which in the past years has been infamous for reckless and lawlessness during the new years' eve celebrations. 

Some of the arrested suspects were released after paying fines while the others are expected to appear before various Magistrates' Court with Gauteng from Tuesday, 02 January 2024.