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Gauteng Police Commissioner welcomes a tip-off from the community that lead to the arrest of a suspect found with fraudulent documents

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Gauteng

PARKTOWN - Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela commended and welcomed a tip-off from the community that led to the arrest of a 47-year-old man who was found with fraudulent documents in Hillbrow on Thursday, 14 April 2022.

"I would like to thank the community members who continue to be the eyes and ears of the police. As much as we have intensified police visibility on the streets, we still rely on information from the community about the crimes taking place indoors. We promise to act swiftly and decisively when we are given information. This arrest is attributed to community members who would not allow crime to be committed under their watch. We really appreciate and salute such community members. Working together we can bring crime to minimal,” said Lieutenant General Mawela

Police were conducting Operation O Kae Molao when they received a tip-off from the community member about a man that is producing fraudulent identity documents and passports in a flat in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. The police proceeded to the flat and found a 47-year-old Zimbabwean national. Upon searching the premises, police discovered documents that include more than 95 South African Identity Documents, birth certificates, smart identity cards, passports, bank statements, Covid-19 certificates, work permits, SAPS firearm licence competency certificates, SASSA cards, bank cards and other essential documents.

The suspect was immediately arrested and charged with fraud. There is a possibility that more charges will be added pending the investigation.

Furthermore, police arrested more than 800 suspects during Operation O Kae Molao conducted on Wednesday and Thursday across the province.


Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo
071 608 5490



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