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Mamelodi gang member is among over 1650 suspects arrested by the police in Gauteng this past weekend

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

PARKTOWN – A member of the so-called "Boko Haram Gang" who has been on the list of Gauteng's most wanted suspects is among 1655 suspects arrested by the police in Gauteng this past weekend. The suspect has been on the run while his accomplices were arrested, some of them convicted and sentenced. The suspect has been terrorising the community of Mamelodi in the past years and was wanted by the police for crimes that include extortion and aggravated robberies. He will be appearing before Mamelodi Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 01 August 2022.

Senior Management of the Police in Gauteng was on the ground this past weekend, leading integrated crime prevention operations and tracing wanted suspects. Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, and his deputies led Operation O Kae Molao in Johannesburg District, particularly Eldorado Park and Diepkloof, where more than 495 suspects were arrested for offences that include murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm, dealing in drugs, driving while under the influence of alcohol and suspected undocumented foreign nationals.

More than 486 suspects were arrested in Ekurhuleni District for crimes ranging from murder, rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, fraud and robbery.

Intelligence-driven operations were conducted in Tshwane where 380 suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle, possession of suspected stolen property, malicious damage to property, car hijacking, fraud and attempted murder.

Illegal miners who are suspected to be behind various crimes in West Rand District are among 174 suspects who were arrested in the district. Other suspects were arrested for crimes that include murder, house robbery, malicious damage to property and tampering with essential infrastructure.

More than 120 suspects were arrested in Sedibeng District for rape, murder, possession of drugs and malicious property damage.

The suspects are expected to appear before various Magistrates’ Courts from Monday, 1 August 2022.


Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo
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