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News: Police and role players arrest more than 1200 suspects during Operation Shanela

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner North West

POTCHEFSTROOM - Police in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies and other role players continue with weekly high-density operations to prevent and combat crime. The operations conducted between Monday, 03 and Sunday, 09 June 2024, led to the arrest of 1 278 suspects for various offences.

The suspects were among others, arrested for crimes such as rape, murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH), house and business robberies, malicious damage to property, burglary at residential and business premises, possession of drugs, theft out of / from motor vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Of the 1 278 suspects, 379 were apprehended during detectives suspect raiding operations.  Moreover, 52 suspected undocumented persons were taken in for processing by Immigration Officials.

The arrests were effected during stop and searches, road blocks, patrols, vehicle check points, visiting and inspecting of licensed liquor premises and Second-hand goods dealers and tracing of wanted suspects, among others.  During the operations, a variety of drugs, 17 cell phones, six firearms, 18 rounds of ammunition, liquor explosives and other items were confiscated. As part of enforcement of the Liquor Act, 1989, a total of 24 illegal liquor outlets / shebeens were shut down.

The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, thanked all role players for their continued efforts to ensure safer communities.


Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone
082 496 9642

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