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Police arrest a total of 870 suspects during operation O Kae Molao in Gauteng

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng

PARKTOWN - Police on Thursday, 04 February 2021 during high-density O Kae Molao Operations conducted across Gauteng, nabbed a total of 870 suspects, with four of these suspects arrested for illegal mining and 101 for gender based violence related cases.

While District Commissioners led operations in their respective districts, the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela joined the District Commissioner of Ekurhuleni, Major General Vincent Leshabane and together with senior management from the SAPS, Gauteng Traffic Police, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department, the Provincial Community Police Forum EXCO, the vehicle tracking company Tracker and private security, took to the streets of Benoni.

The integrated law enforcement agencies flooded the streets and surroundings of Benoni and by close of business, four suspects had been arrested for illegal mining during a raid at what appeared to be a mining village where police found equipment used during the commission of illegal mining, explosives which police believe are of the same calibre as those used in cash in transit robberies and ATM bombings, and liquor that was abandoned by alleged illegal miners who evaded arrest and ran up the nearby mine dumps.

Meanwhile at the roadblocks, nine motor vehicles were impounded for further investigation while more than 20 undocumented foreign nationals were arrested.

Moving to the other four districts, over and above the more than 600 wanted suspects arrested by the detectives for various serious and violent crimes, sixty-six of these suspects were arrested in Sedibeng and West Rand Districts. In Tshwane where police also arrested motorists for possession of illicit cigarettes, more than 231 suspects were arrested for various crimes. Over 400 were nabbed in Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg.

The arrested suspects will appear in various Magistrates’ Courts soon.


Captain Kay Makhubele
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