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News: Operation Okae Molao continues to clamp down on crime in Gauteng


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

PARKTOWN - More than 1280 suspects have been arrested across Gauteng during the recent Operation O Kae Molao on Thursday, 13 February 2020. The operation was led by Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Elias Mawela accompanied by the MEC for Community Safety, Ms Faith Mazibuko.

The Detective raids and tracing of wanted suspects saw the arrest of 744 suspects for various crimes. In the West Rand 62 wanted suspects linked to serious and violent crimes were nabbed while in Johannesburg 145, Ekurhuleni 267, Tshwane 213 and Sedibeng 67 were also apprehended respectively.

Amongst the arrested suspects 72 were wanted for gender based violence and three wanted for crime against children, as well as crimes such as murder, robbery, carjacking, assault and domestic violence.

Lieutenant General Mawela and MEC Mazibuko led the operations and visited a school for a search and found one learner in possession of drugs. The boy took the police to the drug dealer who peddles drugs in the area. An enquiry was opened for further investigation.

Meanwhile in the Vaal, More than 200 undocumented foreign nationals were taken in for verification of their stay in the country, while three other suspects were arrested for being in possession of three unlicensed firearms, rounds of ammunition and counterfeit goods were also seized.

Seventeen vehicles were impounded for being unroadworthy and also some for being suspected as stolen.

Furthermore, dagga was confiscated at one of the roadblocks in Vanderbijlpark and Tshwane.

In other parallel operations in Tshwane focusing on Soshanguve, four suspects were arrested for illegal gambling and one of them for possession of and dealing in drugs while another was nabbed for possession of suspected stolen property. About seven illegal liquor outlets were shutdown with fines, and litres of alcohol confiscated.

Seven vehicles were discontinued while AARTO fines amounting to R220 160 were also issued at the roadblocks.

More fines were issued for various contravention including the illegal trading in liquor, and for gambling. Out of the liquor outlets visited, six were shut down. Furthermore, traffic fines were issued totalling more than R150 150, and notices were issued for the selling of second hand goods without permit and items were confiscated.

The Gauteng Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela seized the opportunity to extend a word of appreciation to all members of the SAPS, Gauteng Traffic Police, and all Metro Police Departments, as well as other stakeholders in the law enforcement fraternity such as SARS - Customs, Green Scorpions, Home Affairs, Tracker, Data Dot for their continued support of Operation O Kae Molao.

All arrested suspects will appear before various Magistrate Courts within the province in due course.


Captain Kay Makhubele
082 778 0402


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